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The firm : the story of McKinsey and its secret influence on American business

Author: Duff McDonald
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Star financial journalist Duff McDonald uncovers how the managing consulting firm of McKinsey & Company and its high-powered, high-priced business savants have ushered in waves of structural, financial, and technological shifts to the biggest and best American organizations, revealing a list of world-shaping successes and striking failures.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Duff McDonald
ISBN: 9781439190975 1439190976
OCLC Number: 828264932
Description: 387 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The Ozark farm boy --
The making of the firm --
The age of influence --
The decade of doubt --
A return to form --
The crucial question : are they worth it or not? --
Revenge of the nerds --
The money grab --
Bad advice --
Retrenchment --
Breaking the compact.
Responsibility: Duff McDonald.
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