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Tangible evidence for corporate greatness,
This review is from: Good To Great (Hardcover)
Having spent a long time searching for literature explaining and rationalizing what lies behind achieving corporate greatness, Jim Collins' book gives the answer.
Mr. Collins and his research team have conducted a long and intensive study of US companies which crystallized a handful of businesses that seemingly have followed similar patterns in managing their people, products, strategies and other corporate activities on the rocky road to achieving (not maintaining) long-term corporate excellence.
The book is clearly structured and initially outlines the thought process and analytical concepts applied by Mr. Collins and his research team. The performance patterns and elements identified across the great companies receive extensive analysis and discussion in the subsequent sections of the book, not lacking examples from day-to-day corporate life. The key thing that sets apart Mr. Collins’ book from many other authors’ attempts to put a tangible element around the reasoning that justifies the accomplishments of truly great corporate performance is the analytic evidence, which corroborates the conclusions struck by Mr. Collins’ team.
Although research underlying this book was based on US companies only, its conclusions can (and should) be applied to companies around the world and teaches valuable lessons to managers of all levels across corporations. However, you should not kid yourself and mistake this as a short-term “how-to” user guide: as the examples in Mr. Collins’ book, taken from day-to-day corporate life and evidenced over a long time horizon, demonstrate, corporate greatness will only materialize if the performance patterns are entirely entrenched in an organization and are followed and practiced in a disciplined manner over a long-term period.