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Centuries of success : lessons from the world's most enduring family businesses

Author: William T O'Hara
Publisher: Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, ©2004.
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"Centuries of Success is the first book to chronicle the colorful success stories and timeless lessons of some of the world's oldest family businesses. Through feast and famine, peacetime and wartime, the twenty companies covered in this volume are innovators whose family values are as steadfast today as they were hundreds of years ago. This one-of-a-kind work blends complete family histories with corporate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William T O'Hara
ISBN: 1580629377 9781580629379 1593372078 9781593372071
OCLC Number: 51936997
Description: xxii, 330 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Secrets of the temple: Kongo Gumi --
Inn for all ages: Hoshi Ryokan --
Chianti Classico: Marchesi Antonori S r L --
Firing on all cylinders: Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Berretta --
Changing the company weave: John Brooke & Sons Holding Ltd. --
Those who live in glass houses: Freiherr von Poschinger Glasmanufaktur --
A quality tortoise: R. Durtnell & Sons Ltd --
A kind of gold: Mellerio dits Meller --
Echoes of an ancient art: Avedis Zildjian Company --
When the harvest is history: Shirley Plantation --
Finding the perfect blend: Hugel & Fils --
Capturing the winds of trade: Van Eeghen International B.V. --
Banking on tradition: C. Hoare & Company --
Weaving the family cloth: William Clark & Sons, Ltd. --
The bounty on the Bokkeveld: Boplaas --
Dignity in a time of grief: Bachman Funeral Home --
The joy of confetti: Confetti Mario Pelino --
A rare downtown gem: Bixler's Jewelers --
Quenching a Canadian thirst: Molson, Inc. --
All the right ingredients: George R. Ruhl & Son.
Responsibility: [William T. O'Hara].

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"Centuries of Success is the first book to chronicle the colorful success stories and timeless lessons of some of the world's oldest family businesses. Through feast and famine, peacetime and wartime, the twenty companies covered in this volume are innovators whose family values are as steadfast today as they were hundreds of years ago. This one-of-a-kind work blends complete family histories with corporate philosophies. Dr. William T. O'Hara has conducted extensive primary research to create this unprecedented work, delving deeply into company archives, visiting factories, and interviewing key executive personnel. His vivid prose captures not only business history but also the essence of the humming factory floors, the regal sitting rooms, and the majestic grounds that tell the tales of the companies that created them. From Japan's Hoshi Ryokan -- a hotel that dates back forty-seven generations to 718 -- to the sprawling Tuscan vine-yards of Marchesi Antinori -- winemakers since 1385 -- Centuries of Success brings to life the strength and dedication that puts family-run businesses in a league of their own. At a time when businesses come and go, this important work celebrates the wisdom, values, creativity, and flexibility that have enabled these companies to hold together and withstand major global economic shifts, world wars, and everchanging markets. Whether you own a family business, are inheriting one, or have dreams of someday creating your own business, Centuries of Success will motivate and inspire you to envision your own family legacy. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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