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Management article
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Reference no. 94610
Authors: William Taylor
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Business Review", 1994

Abstract

How do we build organizations that are skilled enough, smart enough, and, most of all, enduring enough to maneuver through a treacherous competitive environment--without choking on the systems and procedures that create that strength? How do we ensure crisp execution and flawless performance--without suffocating the democratic spirit and individual creativity that are the heart of innovation? These are the questions that will occupy companies and managers through the end of the century, for they strike at the heart of business and life in the New Economy. They are also the central questions in the three books discussed in this issue''s Books in Review section: Out of Control: The Rise of Neo- Biological Civilization by Kevin Kelly, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, and Show- Stopper! The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation of Microsoft by G. Pascal Zachary.

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Abstract

How do we build organizations that are skilled enough, smart enough, and, most of all, enduring enough to maneuver through a treacherous competitive environment--without choking on the systems and procedures that create that strength? How do we ensure crisp execution and flawless performance--without suffocating the democratic spirit and individual creativity that are the heart of innovation? These are the questions that will occupy companies and managers through the end of the century, for they strike at the heart of business and life in the New Economy. They are also the central questions in the three books discussed in this issue''s Books in Review section: Out of Control: The Rise of Neo- Biological Civilization by Kevin Kelly, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, and Show- Stopper! The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation of Microsoft by G. Pascal Zachary.

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