By Randall K. Morck
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Stung by progressive-era condemnation, they often turned to philanthropy, distancing themselves and their heirs even further from governance issues. Thus, modern Americans associate the names Rockefeller, Harkness, Carnegie, and Guggenheim with the performing arts, universities, and museums, not with the great business groups that built those fortunes. Activist judges and progressive politicians, aided by fortune, thus eﬀectively entrusted the governance of America’s great corporations to professional managers.
Nonetheless, they survived and prospered, and grew increasingly entrepreneurial and innovative to compensate for their relative lack of political inﬂuence. By remaining economically dominant, the Tata group conﬁrms that government connections are but one factor underlying the success of Indian businesses. Ultimately, the chapter argues that large family business groups likely persisted because they bridged institutional voids created by dysfunctional markets and weak economic institutions. But even beyond this, the chapter argues that the Tata group in particular survives and prospers because of genuine entrepreneurship.
It seems likely that the Suzuki structure disposed the controlling family to transfer funds out of the bank and into ﬁrms whose ﬁnancial fate aﬀected family wealth, and that this rendered such groups ﬁnancially unstable during downturns. The prolonged economic stagnation eroded the public’s appreciation of family capitalism, and economic reformers lambasted the wealthy families for putting their rights as shareholders ahead of the public interest and for their ﬁxation on short-term earnings and dividends rather than long-term investment.