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Social entrepreneurship with vedic wisdom

Pankaj Madan (Faculty of Management Studies, Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, India.)

Publication date: 3 July 2017



The case illustrates the social entrepreneurial journey of Ramdev who developed Patanjali Yogpeeth as a successful enterprise that provides low-cost physical and mental treatment through the ancient science of yoga. The case provides a perspective on the reasons for the success of Patanjali as a social brand in such a small time scale and also addresses the controversies associated with it.

Research methodology

Using secondary sources, the study describes the philosophy, infrastructure, innovations, marketing and promotional practices of the organization. It also seeks answers to the challenges faced by the social entrepreneur to fulfill his social mission.

Relevant courses and levels

The case is best suited for courses on entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and marketing of non-profit organization in both MBA and executive programs. Students who have an interest in starting their own venture or social enterprise will find it more relevant and interesting.



Disclaimer. This case is written solely for educational purposes and is not intended to represent successful or unsuccessful managerial decision making. The authors may have disguised names, financial and other recognizable information to protect confidentiality.


Madan, P. (2017), "Social entrepreneurship with vedic wisdom", , Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 528-545.



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