Corporate Culture: Illuminating the Black Hole

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Macmillan, 2007 - Business & Economics - 284 pages
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No subject is more important to the success of today's business organization than Corporate Culture. After so many years of failed fads and fix-its, such as business-process reengineering, outsourcing, downsizing, flawed go-for-growth strategies, and outrageous cases of corporate lawlessness, Dr. Jerry Want brings clarity and direction to the one subject that is most critical to the success and very survival of today's corporation- corporate culture. Corporate Culture: Illuminating the Black Hole is the definitive source of knowledge for understanding and building the new type of business culture that is required in this age of radical business change. Through dozens of real-life examples drawn from his many years of consulting and corporate experience, and unique tools such as the proprietary Hierarchy of Corporate cultures ranging from Predatory through Bureaucratic to high-performing New Age cultures, Dr. Want shows concretely and clearly how a company's culture permeates everything it does, and how to revitalize the culture in order to grow and perform to maximum capability. Case studies show how corporate culture has contributed to the success of such companies as Nucor, Harley-Davidson, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Cisco Systems, among others. The book also examines how flawed corporate cultures have contributed to the failure or near failure of former industry leaders such as SmithKline, Motorola, Arthur Andersen, Xerox, and Polaroid, among others.
 

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Quite possibly the most relevant discussion yet on the subject. Specific and real world as opposed to what comes out of academia. A must read for business leaders.
Roger Coles

Contents

Failed and Failing Cultures
83
HighPerforming Business Cultures
116
Addictive Behaviors Within the Culture
136
Leaders and Corporate Culture
147
A Blueprint for Corporate Culture Building
167
Choosing to Change the Culture
197
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Dr. Jerome Want is a leading business change strategist and organizational consultant who brings more than a quarter century of corporate and consulting experience to his clients who have the desire to build performance-driven and ethical organizations in response to the current climate of dislocation and change. He is a cofounder of the McLean, Virginia-based Organization Strategies Intl., LLP (www.osiconsulting.com), and previously held a number of consulting and corporate roles, including director of Organization Design and Development with Motorola and vice president of Business and Organization Strategy for Digicon Electronics. he was a leading organizational and leadership consultant for Coopers & Lybrand, where he developed the firm's Strategic Leadership Practice. He holds a doctorate in the behavioral sciences from the University of Maryland and an advanced postdoctoral certificate in organization planning and development from Chicago Loyola University's School of Labor Relations. He is the author of numerous business articles and the highly acclaimed and former bestselling book Managing Radical Change: Beyond Survival in the New Business Age. In addition to his consulting, Dr. Want is a frequent speaker and seminar leader to business groups.

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