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The Firm : The Inside Story of McKinsey, the World's Most Controversial Management Consultancy - Duff McDonald

The Firm

The Inside Story of McKinsey, the World's Most Controversial Management Consultancy

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The first biography of the most successful and notorious management consultancy

The Firm. They helped create the bar code. They revolutionised business schools and they created the corporate behaviours that now rule our world. They reinvented the idea of American capitalism and ruthlessly exported it across the globe. McKinsey employees are trusted and distrusted, loved and despised. They are doing behind-the -scenes work for the most powerful people in the world and their ranks of alumni include the Chairman of HSBC.

In The Firm, star financial journalist Duff McDonald uncovers how these high-powered, high-priced business savants have ushered in waves of structural, financial, and technological shifts but also become mired in controversy across the years. Discover how they played a critical role in building Enron's disastrous corporate structure, and who has been convicted of high level white-collar crime. This is a gripping take on one of the world's most powerful companies.

About the Author

Duff McDonald is a journalist and the author of Last Man Standing, a biography of JPMorgan Chase CEO and chairman, Jamie Dimon. A contributing editor at Fortune magazine and The New York Observer, he has also written for Vanity Fair, New York magazine, Esquire, Business Week, GQ, Wired, Time, and Newsweek, and has been awarded two Canadian National Magazine Awards. He lives in New York.

'Fascinating. If you want to know what it is about the culture of the firm that sets it apart and has made it so successful, read this book.' -- Liaquat Ahamed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lords of Finance 'A superb examination of one of the most powerful, secretive, and least understood organizations on the planet.' -- William D. Cohan, bestselling author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World 'Timely... A fast-paced account of a key business institution, its deeds and misdeeds.' Kirkus Reviews 'Revealing... McDonald combines a lucid chronicle of McKinsey's growth and boardroom melodramas.' Publishers Weekly 'This is critical reading for anyone who wants to understand how the world of business really works.' -- Bethany McLean, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller All the Devils Are Here 'Thought-provoking... offers a fascinating look behind the company's success.' -- Andrew Ross Sorkin New York Times 'An up-to-date, full-blown history, told with wit and clarity...' Wall Street Journal 'At a stroke, McDonald sums up the attraction of McKinsey to the world's largest companies, the mystique surrounding its methods, the envy it inspires in competitors and the anger it sometimes incites... a very readable account.' Financial Times '[An] admiring book that nevertheless asks hard questions about the organization's future.' The Economist 'Is this a good book? Yes. It is meticulously researched, well-written, and comprehensive and balanced. Is it enjoyable? Yes.' Management Today 'Quickly, McDonald gets into his stride... a rattling good read.' The Times

ISBN: 9781780743929
ISBN-10: 1780743920
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 387
Published: 26th February 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.03
Edition Number: 1