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The Housing Development Finance Corporation

Subject

Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Publication Year

1999

Abstract

The largest provider of housing finance in India, HDFC is one of the most admired companies in the country. Beyond outstanding business performance, the company has also made an important contribution to Indian society, thereby demonstrating that a wholesome business, meeting an important social need, can also be extremely profitable. In 1998, however, in the context of a rapidly changing financial services industry in India, the company is facing some significant new challenges. It has diversified into several new businesses and is considering the possibility of transforming itself into a universal bank. Why has HDFC been so successful? What are the merits and demerits of its diversification? What must management do in 1998 to respond to the changing business environment? Rich discussions on these questions, based on information provided in the case, can help sensitize class participants to the challenges of creating and managing a successful company in an emerging market like India.

Topic List

Managing in Developing countries

Industry

Financial Services

Publication Event Date

1998

LBS Case Number

CS-99-018

Location

India

Publication Organisation Size

794 Employees

Project Funder

ESRC

Available on ECCH

No


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