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Who says elephants can't dance? : leading a great enterprise through dramatic change

Author: Louis V Gerstner
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperBusiness, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st HarperBusiness pbk. edView all editions and formats
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In the history of modern business, many companies have gone from being industry leaders to the verge of extinction. Through the heroic efforts of a new management team, some of those companies have even succeeded in resuscitating themselves and living on in the shadow of their former stature. But only one company has been at the pinnacle of an industry, fallen to near collapse, and then, beyond anyone's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis V Gerstner
ISBN: 0060523808 9780060523800
OCLC Number: 54679237
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xi, 292 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. Grabbing hold --
1. The courtship --
2. The announcement --
3. Drinking from a fire hose --
4. Out to the field --
5. Operation bear hug --
6. Stop the bleeding (and hold the vision) --
7. Creating the leadership team --
8. Creating a global enterprise --
9. Reviving the brand --
10. Resetting the corporate compensation philosophy --
11. Back on the beach. --
Part II. Strategy --
12. A brief history of IBM --
13. Making the big bets --
14. Services : the key to integration --
15. Building the world's already biggest software business --
16. Opening the company store --
17. Unstacking the stack and focusing the portfolio --
18. The emergence of e-business --
19. Reflections on strategy. --
Part III. Culture --
20. On corporate culture --
21. An inside-out world --
22. Leading by principles. --
Part IV. Lessons learned. --
23. Focus : you have to know (and love) your business --
24. Execution : strategy goes only so far --
25. Leadership is personal --
26. Elephants can dance --
27. IBM : a farewell. --
Appendices. A. The future of e-business --
B. Financial overview.
Responsibility: Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
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The CEO of IBM, who led the most successful corporate turnaround in American history, reveals how the company went from a teetering giant to one of today's most preeminent worldwide corporations.  Read more...

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