BOP Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Poverty, Emerging Market Economy.


Poverty is a universal phenomenon which does not go well with the progressive 21st century and hence the worldwide efforts to overcome the problem. At the beginning of the 21st century (2002), the late professor C.K. Prahalad had propounded a path breaking theory of poverty alleviation called the bottom of the pyramid business theory, which is not only making MNCs investments (FDI) in underdeveloped countries and promoting their growth and employment generation and increase in incomes and thereby consumption and expenditure but also producing goods and services needed by the poor households at the bottom of the economic and business pyramid. The paper is devoted to the consideration of the theory in the emerging market economy of India where poverty is a biggest problem and the situation is not found significant for the BOP business. Can there be a market solution to it?

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