About the Author
Dr N Ramachandran has been in academics for the past 35 years. He joined the fi nance faculty of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta, immediately after completing the doctoral program. Later, he shifted to Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, as Visiting Professor in 1999 and took up the position of Chief Internal Auditor from 2002. Currently he is the principal consultant with Management Advisory Services, Kochi, Kerala. He has been also associated as a consultant with several projects of government and non-government agencies in various countries including India, Th ailand, Laos, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Vietnam. His areas of interest include Financial Structure of Industries, Corporate Financial Accounting and Strategic Cost Management. Dr Ram Kumar Kakani has rich experience in both corporate sector and academics. He joined XLRI, Jamshedpur, in 2001. Earlier, he had also worked as a residential academic in many international locations including Copenhagen, Dubai, and Singapore. His research work has been supported by ABRC of London Business School and the National Stock Exchange of India. His recent achievements include being among the top 1% of SSRN authors' ranking (2007), co-authoring a few popular text books, and receiving the 2005 AIMS Best Young Teacher Award. His areas of interest include Corporate Finance, Corporate Strategy, Financial Analysis, and Study of Business Groups.