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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2643

Sri Lankan Author Hits Best Seller List in India

New York, 18 January, ( A book authored by a Sri Lankan international business consultant, Kenneth Abeywickrama, has topped the best-seller list for business books in India.

Titled 'Adventures in Management,' the 224-page publication was number one on a list compiled by 'Business Standard', a well known business journal in India.

Abeywickrama, who lives in the US, was until recently a consultant who worked for several international organizations, including the World Bank, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), USAID, the Geneva-based International Trade Centre and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Abeywickrama's work also spans a wide range of assignments in Sri Lanka-- as a manager in the nationalized Port Corporation, the multinational Lever Brothers, and chief executive officer of the State Timber Corporation of Sri Lanka.

Described as an insider's view of corporate management in developing countries, the book was published by Sage Publications of New Delhi.

The three publications that ranked behind 'Adventures in Management," were: 'The Radical Edge' by Steve Farber; 'The 25 Sales Habits Of Highly Successful Salespeople' by Stephan Schiffman and 'The Seven Deadly Sins Of Management' jointly authored by Jonathan Ellis and Rene Tissen.

The theme of the book is that techniques of good management taught in management schools notwithstanding, the human frailty of people, within the corporation and outside in the operating environment, has a profound effect on corporate performance.

Managing in a developing country poses some unusual challenges. The successful manager must be resourceful and innovative in dealing with these inter-personal situations, sometimes breaking with tradition or established rules.

Core lessons in the book include how to develop a harmonious culture within a business and create an environment that works to the advantage of the business and the benefit and dignity of the employees.

Based on the author's personal experiences while working in two large state-owned corporations and a multinational company in Sri Lanka, this book comprehensively highlights the ground realities of managing in developing countries.

Abeywickrama's successful transformation of the State Timber Corporation in Sri Lanka received publicity in studies on management in developing countries: a Harvard Business School case study (1981), The Asian Wall Street Journal (Sept. 22 and 28, 1981), The California Management Review (Spring 1986) and in Harvard Business School Professor James Austin's book, Strategic Management in Developing Countries (Free Press of McMillan, 1990).

- Asian Tribune -

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