World’s Smallest Business Community: The Parsis of India

By Achinto Roy and Reshmi Lahiri-Roy.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The Parsis of India are perhaps the world’s smallest ethnic community whose entrepreneurial contribution to India has far exceeded their size in numbers. This paper traces the rise of the Parsis as entrepreneurs in Indian society from the 16th century in Surat and later Mumbai to their significant presence today amongst India’s major business houses with household names such as the Tatas, Wadias and Godrej.

Keywords: Parsis, Parsees, Tata, Godrej, Wadia, Entrepreneur, Ethnic Minority, Ethnic Entrepreneurship

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.183-192. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 748.205KB).

Dr. Achinto Roy

Lecturer, School of Management & Marketing, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Achinto Roy teaches at the School of Management & Marketing, Deakin University, Australia. His teaching and research interests are in the area of Strategic Management, Business Ethics and International Business. He has a PhD in Management and a Masters and an Honours degree in Commerce & Business from University of Canterbury and a B.Com (Accounting & Auditing) from the University of Bombay. He is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has a number of publications to his credit that includes a book, scholarly journal articles, international conference presentations and case studies in Management. He has over 23 years of consulting, professional and business experience.

Dr. Reshmi Lahiri-Roy

Member, New Zealand South Asian Centre, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Dr. Reshmi Lahiri-Roy holds a Ph.D. in English and Cultural Studies and a Master of Arts, from University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has a M.A. in English, a B.A. in English from University of Bombay, India and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Bombay. Her research interests include Postcolonial Studies, Cross-cultural Studies, Bollywood and Diasporic Cinema, Migrant and Gender issues. She has presented and published her academic work at notable international conferences and journals. She teaches within the New Zealand South Asia Centre, University of Canterbury.

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