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Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on management issues including change management, managing people, crisis management, managing a virtual workforce, project management and more. Browse our extensive collection of management book summaries to solve your most difficult issues.

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    Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck - Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

    by Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another groundbreaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague, Morten Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous...

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    How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works –– and How It’s Transforming the American Economy

    by Charles Fishman

    The company Sam Walton built and incorporated in 1969 has become the world's number one retailer amplified by diversification into grocery (Wal-Mart Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets), international operations and membership warehouse clubs (Sam's Clubs). Award-winning investigative and magazine journalist Charles Fishman examines this phenomenon. The Wal-Mart Effect, Fishman’s first book, made the bestseller lists of the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and

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    How Old-Fashioned Values Drive a Twenty-First-Century Corporation: Lessons from Lincoln Electric’s Unique Guaranteed Employment Program

    by Frank Koller

    While factories across the Midwest shutter their doors, Cleveland-based manufacturer Lincoln Electric has thrived for more than a century. In addition to being profitable and technologically innovative, through good times and bad, the company has fulfilled its unique promise of "guaranteed continuous employment." Workers are viewed as assets — not liabilities. Through flexible hours and job assignments, as well as a merit-based bonus system, Lincoln Electric's employment...

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    Toyota's Formula for Mastering Innovation

    by Matthew May

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Despite the company's issues in the past several years, Toyota is still a model organization. This book examines the management and innovation philosophies that made Toyota one of the strongest brands in the automotive world. The authors combine unique takes on the company's performance with elements of Japanese history.

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  • Image of What Would Google Do?
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    by Jeff Jarvis

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    In a book that’s one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse pioneers Google –– the fastest growing company in history –– to discover forty clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.

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  • Image of Extreme Toyota
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    Radical Contradictions That Drive Success at the World's Best Manufacturer

    by Norihiko Shimizu, Emi Osono, Hirotaka Takeuchi

    Three business strategy experts identify six contradictory forces that have kept Toyota on the path of realizing continuous innovation and constant renewal. As the authors show, Toyota thrives on paradoxes as it harnesses opposing propositions to energize itself. We learn that companies that create their own contradictions can achieve higher levels of performance.

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  • Image of Driving Change
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    The UPS Approach to Business

    by Mike Brewster, Frederick Dalzell

    We see them everywhere –– those brown trucks delivering their share of 14 million parcels handled daily. To most people, UPS is a reliable fact of life. But to well-informed businesspeople, Big Brown is a company to emulate.

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    The Inside Story of the Greatest International Competition in Business

    by John Newhouse

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Twenty-five years ago John Newhouse's book The Sporty Game examined the high-stakes business environment that exists in the manufacturing and selling of large commercial aircraft, commonly referred to as LCAs. A quarter of a century later, that book is considered a classic about the airplane business. Now, in Boeing Versus Airbus, Newhouse focuses his sights on the intense competition between the world's two largest manufacturers of passenger airplanes.

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    What Enterprise, America's #1 Car Rental Company, Can Teach You about Creating Lifetime Customers

    by Kirk Kazanjian

    While providing a thorough case study of the success of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Kazanjian also gives an in-depth look to the strategic management practices that have boosted the company to the top of its industry.

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