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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, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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If you cut off a spider's 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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Brafman, Ori.
Starfish and the spider.
New York : Portfolio, 2006
(DLC) 2006046262
(OCoLC)67393090
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ori Brafman; Rod A Beckstrom
ISBN: 9781101216408 1101216409 9781429571333 1429571330 9781429571364 1429571365
OCLC Number: 883302057
Description: 1 online resource
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 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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