Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't Hardcover – Illustrated, Unabridged, 16 October 2001
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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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The companies this book glorifies...have virtually all FAILED spectacularly following their business models since publication.
Fannie Mae is praised constantly for gambling in the capital markets with Wallstreet...how did that work out in 2008?!
Walgreens gained market share as a "hedgehog"...then became a bloated celebrity-obsessed Leftist corporation and enabled THERANOS!
Wells Fargo abandoned the safe banking model after deregulation... "hedgehog"...then started robbing their customers, and engaging in massive fraud...then the executive class threw local managers under the bus and escaped with their parachutes..
Circuit city focused on quality delivery experience..."hedgehog"...then they sat there and rotted away and were obliterated by the internet.
The list goes on. Don't buy this book.
This book just ended up being a narrowly defined research project by academics that have probably never had more responsibility than thinking they are the smartest person in the room. This is in no way a managerial development book as it is often thought as, or recommended as. It was a complete waste of time, unless of course you are intrigued by these company's histories. But they are smart enough to get professors and executives to recommend it everywhere. I'll give them that.