Open-Book Management: Coming Business Revolution, The

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Harper Collins, Apr 12, 1996 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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"Read even the first chapter of this extraordinary book and you'll find yourself cheering, screaming, jumping up and down with excitement. The companies described in this book are decades ahead of the reengineers -- and you don't need to be a Bill Gates or a Jack Welch to put their ideas into practice today." -- George Gendron, editor in chief, Inc.

"Companies that practice open-book management seem to have captured some sort of lightning in a bottle." -- Chris Lee, Training

"This book should be required reading in corporate America." -- Chicago Tribune

"If you want to give your preconceived notions a good kick in the you-know-where, give Case the opportunity to articulate the merits of open-book management." -- Entrepreneur

Open-book management is not so much a technique as a way of thinking, a process that actively involves employees in the financial life of the company. Numerous companies have already found that employees who are informed and aware of the company's financial situation are motivated to seek solutions to problems and assume a greater degree of responsibility for its performance. John Case begins by examining the current competitive climate and the history of established management techniques. He shows how the traditional treatment of workers as "hired hands" with little involvement or responsibility beyond their own area is no longer effective in today's ever more competitive global environment.

Case clearly and carefully explains the principles of open-book management: timely sharing of crucial financial information with employees; educating the employees to understand and apply the information; empowering employees to apply the information to their own work; and offering employees a stake in the successful implementation of their ideas. Open-book management will take different forms at every company, Case notes, but he offers a wide range of suggestions and guidelines for implementing these principles. He concludes with a series of in-depth case studies, featuring companies of various sizes and financial situations that have successfully implemented open-book management. Open-Book Management is the indispensable guide to teaching employees how to think and act like owners.

 

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Contents

The Power of Business Literacy
75
EMPOWERMENT WITH BRAINS
85
A STAKE IN SUCCESS
97
What about Stock Ownership ?
108
A FORTUNE 500 MANUFACTURER
123
A SMALL SERVICE BUSINESS
130
A FASTGROWTH STAR
137
THE BIGGEST BANK IN TOWN
145
A TELECOMMUNICATIONS GIANT
154
OBJECTIONS COSTS CHALLENGES
162
A COMPANY OF BUSINESSPEOPLE
175
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John Case is a veteran observer and interpreter of the business world. A senior writer at Inc. magazine, he writes the popular syndicated newspaper column "The Inc. Report," as well as numerous feature articles for the magazine itself. He is the author of three books, including From the Ground Up: The Resurgence of Entrepreneurship in America, described by The New York Times as "lively, sensible, swiftly paced," and by Tom Peters as "an important book at an important moment."

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