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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, 2006.
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If you cut off a spider's leg, it's crippled. If you cut off its head, it dies. But if you cut off a starfish's leg it grows a new one, and the old leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. The Starfish and the Spider argues that organizations fall into two categories: traditional "spiders," which have a rigid hierarchy and top-down leadership, and revolutionary "starfish," which rely on the power of peer
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ori Brafman; Rod A Beckstrom
ISBN: 1591841437 9781591841432 9781591841432
OCLC Number: 67393090
Notes: Includes information on Alcoholics Anonymous, al Qaeda, Amazon, Animal Liberation Front, Apaches, eBay, General Motors, Goodwill Industries, Google, Grokster, Kazaa, music piracy, Napster, P2P (peer to peer) services, Quakers, record industry, U.S. Supreme Court, Wikipedia, etc.
Description: vii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. MGM's mistake and the Apache mystery --
2. The spider, the starfish, and the president of the Internet --
3. A sea of starfish --
4. Standing on five legs --
5. The hidden power of the catalyst --
6. Taking on decentralization --
7. The combo special : the hybrid organization --
8. In search of the sweet spot --
9. The new world --
Sources --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom.
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If you cut off a spider's leg, it's crippled. If you cut off its head, it dies. But if you cut off a starfish's leg it grows a new one, and the old leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. The Starfish and the Spider argues that organizations fall into two categories: traditional "spiders," which have a rigid hierarchy and top-down leadership, and revolutionary "starfish," which rely on the power of peer relationships. This book explores what happens when starfish take on spiders (such as the music industry vs. Napster, Kazaa, and the P2P services that followed). It reveals how established companies and institutions, from IBM to Intuit to the US government' are also learning how to incorporate starfish principles to achieve success.--[from Publisher's description].

Includes information on Alcoholics Anonymous, al Qaeda, Amazon, Animal Liberation Front, Apaches, eBay, General Motors, Goodwill Industries, Google, Grokster, Kazaa, music piracy, Napster, P2P (peer to peer) services, Quakers, record industry, U.S. Supreme Court, Wikipedia, etc.

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Este libro posiciona básicamente el poder que tienen los organismos...
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