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The starfish and the spider : the unstoppable power of leaderless organizations

Author: Ori Brafman; Rod A Beckstrom
Publisher: New York : Portfolio ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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If you cut off a spiders head, it dies; if you cut off a starfish's leg it grows a new one, and that leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. Traditional top-down organizations are like spiders, but now starfish organizations are changing the face of business and the world. What's the hidden power behind the success of Wikipedia, craigslist, and Skype? What do eBay and General Electric have in common with the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ori Brafman; Rod A Beckstrom
ISBN: 9781591841838 1591841836
OCLC Number: 166627350
Notes: Originally published: 2006.
Description: vii, 232 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: MGM's mistake and the Apache mystery --
The spider, the starfish, and the president of the Internet --
A sea of starfish --
Standing on five legs --
The hidden power of the catalyst --
Taking on decentralization --
The combo special : the hybrid organization --
In search of the sweet spot --
The new world.
Responsibility: Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom.

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If you cut off a spiders head, it dies; if you cut off a starfish's leg it grows a new one, and that leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. Traditional top-down organizations are like spiders, but now starfish organizations are changing the face of business and the world. What's the hidden power behind the success of Wikipedia, craigslist, and Skype? What do eBay and General Electric have in common with the abolitionist and women's rights movements? What fundamental choice put General Motors and Toyota on vastly different paths? Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom have discovered some unexpected answers, gripping stories, and a tapestry of unlikely connections. "The Starfish and the Spider" explores what happens when starfish take on spiders and reveals how established companies and institutions, from IBM to Intuit to the U.S. government, are also learning how to incorporate starfish principles to achieve success.

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