Built to Last

Jerry I. Porras and Jim Collins

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Level of TOC knowledge acquired:

Introductory

Length:

368 pages

Designed for:

Academics, Business owners and Implementers

Language:

English

Format:

Paperback

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Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James Collins and Jerry Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each 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 the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?"

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 21st century and beyond.

Content:

  • The best of the best
  • Clock building, not time telling
  • More than profits
  • Perserve the core/stimulate progress
  • Big hairy audacious goals
  • Cult-like cultures
  • Try a lot of stuff and keep what works
  • Home-Grown management
  • Good enough never is
  • The end end the beginning
  • Building the vision

Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James Collins and Jerry Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each 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 the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?" 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 21st century and beyond.