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Smart growth : building an enduring business by managing the risks of growth

Author: Edward D Hess
Publisher: New York : Columbia Business School Publishing, ©2010.
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"Wall Street believes that all public companies should grow smoothly and continuously, as evidenced by ever-increasing quarterly earnings, and that all companies either "grow or die." Introducing a research-based growth model called "Smart Growth," Edward D. Hess challenges this ethos and its dangerous mentality, which often deters real growth and pressures businesses to create, manufacture, and purchase noncore  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward D Hess
ISBN: 9780231150507 0231150504 9780231521758 0231521758
OCLC Number: 320798916
Description: xii, 230 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Smart growth : building an enduring company by managing the risks of growth --
Defining the growth mental model --
Smooth and continuous company growth : the exception not the rule --
Economics : theories of growth --
Organizational design and strategy : theories of growth --
Biology : theories of growth --
Smart growth : authentic growth --
Managing the risks of growth : public companies --
Managing the risks of growth : private companies --
It is time for smart growth.
Responsibility: Edward D. Hess.

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"Wall Street believes that all public companies should grow smoothly and continuously, as evidenced by ever-increasing quarterly earnings, and that all companies either "grow or die." Introducing a research-based growth model called "Smart Growth," Edward D. Hess challenges this ethos and its dangerous mentality, which often deters real growth and pressures businesses to create, manufacture, and purchase noncore earnings just to appease Wall Street. Smart Growth accounts for the complexity of growth from the perspective of organization, process, change, leadership, cognition, risk management, employee engagement, and human dynamics. Authentic growth is much more than a strategy or a desired result. It is a process characterized by complex change, entrepreneurial action, experimental learning, and the management of risk. Hess draws on extensive public and private company research, incorporating case studies of Best Buy, Sysco, UPS, Costco, Starbucks, McDonalds, Coca Cola, Room & Board, Home Depot, Tiffany & Company, P & G, and Jet Blue. With conceptual innovations such as an Authentic Earnings and Growth System framework, a seven-step growth funnel pipeline, a Growth Decision Template, and a Growth Risks Audit, Hess provides a blueprint for an enduring business that strives to be better, rather than simply bigger."--Jacket.

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This book will challenge your basic assumptions about business and growth. It needs to be read and talked about in both companies and business schools. -- R. Edward Freeman, Darden Business School, Read more...

 
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