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Built To Last : Successful Habits of Visionary Companies - Jim Collins

Built To Last

Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2005
ISBN: 9781844135844
Number Of Pages: 368

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'This is not a book about charismatic visionary leaders. It is not about visionary product concepts or visionary products or visionary market insights. Nor is it about just having a corporate vision. This is a book about something far more important, enduring, and substantial. This is a book about visionary companies.'

Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Collins and Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each company in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day - as start-ups, as midsize companies and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked- 'What makes the truly exceptional companies different from other companies?'

Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the twenty-first century and beyond.

About the Authors

Jim Collins is author or co-author of six books that have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, including the bestsellers Good to Great, Built to Last, and How the Mighty Fall. Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. He now operates a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he conducts research, teaches, and consults with executives from the corporate and social sectors.

Jerry I. Porras is an American organizational theorist, Lane Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior and Change at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is best known as co-author of the 1994 bestseller Success Built to Last: Creating A Life That Matters. He has also been published in several prestigious journals.

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"'One of the most eye-opening business studies since In Search of Excellence.'" -- Kevin Maney USA Today "'Built to Last is an unusual business book - seriously researched, unconventional in its conclusions...[It] is well worth reading, particularly by those engaged in trying to reinvigorate our nation's largest enterprises.' " -- Richard J. Tofel Wall Street Journal "'In Built to Last, Collins and Porras present a brilliant and lucid analysis and, yes, a blueprint for organizational excellence. It should be required reading.'" -- Warren Bennis

Acknowledgments - v
Preface to the Tenth Anniversary Edition - viii
Preface to the First Edition - xvi
Introduction - xviii

1. The Best of the Best - 1
2. Clock Building, Not Time Telling - 22
Interlude: No "Tyranny of the OR" - 43
3. More Than Profits - 46
4. Preserve the Core / Stimulate Progress - 80
5. Big Hairy Audacious Goals - 91
6. Cult-Like Cultures - 115
7. Try a Lot of Stuff and Keep What Works - 140
8. Home-Grown Management - 169
9. Good Enough Never Is - 185
10. The End of the Beginning - 201
11. Building the Vision - 219
Epilogue: Frequently Asked Questions - 241

Appendix 1: Research Issues - 249
Appendix 2: Founding Roots of Visionary Companies and Comparison Companies - 256
Appendix 3: Tables - 277
Appendix 4: Chapter Notes - 305
Index - 334

ISBN: 9781844135844
ISBN-10: 1844135845
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st September 2005
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 4

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Jim Collins

About the Author


Jim Collins is author or coauthor of six books that have sold in total more than ten million copies worldwide, including the bestsellers Good to Great, Built to Last, and How the Mighty Fall. Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992.

 He now operates a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he conducts research, teaches, and consults with executives from the corporate and social sectors.

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