Aravind Eye Hospitals: A Case in Social Entrepreneurship



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Code : SEP0006

Year :
2004

Industry : Health Care

Region : India

Teaching Note:Available

Structured Assignment : Not Available

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Abstract: Aravind eye hospitals, (a $11 million venture) based in Madurai, India, is one of the largest eye hospitals in the world, and in terms of scale, the single largest provider of eye surgeries. Started as an 11-bed hospital by Dr. G. Venkataswamy, the Aravind conglomerate now consists of hospitals, an intraocular lens manufacturing unit and community development and research institutes. Though two-thirds of the surgeries are performed free of charge, Aravind is financially self-sufficient. A high level of efficiency in all its activities is seen as one of the secrets behind Aravind's success.

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Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss how firms, especially in developing countries, with a low capital base can sustain themselves through streamlined operations and a focused approach towards growth
  • To discuss 'Aravind as a role model for businesses' that serve the 'bottom of the pyramid', as pointed by Professor C K Prahalad.

    Keywords :Entrepreneurship Case Study, Aravind eye hospitals, Dr Govindappa Venkataswamy, Efficient in operations, Curable blindness, Cataract, Bottom of the pyramid, Developing countries, Intraocular lens, Aurolab, Community development, Eye camps

    Contents :
    » EFFICIENCY AT ARAVIND
    » THE ORGANISATION
    » FUTURE PLANS


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