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The Resource Who says elephants can't dance? : inside IBM's historic turnaround, Louis V. Gerstner, Jr

Who says elephants can't dance? : inside IBM's historic turnaround, Louis V. Gerstner, Jr

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Who says elephants can't dance? : inside IBM's historic turnaround
Title
Who says elephants can't dance?
Title remainder
inside IBM's historic turnaround
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Louis V. Gerstner, Jr
Title variation
  • Who says elephants can't dance? : leading a great enterprise through dramatic change
  • Who says elephants cant dance?
Title variation remainder
inside IBMs historic turnaround
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eng
Review
Gerstner quarterbacked one of history's most dramatic corporate turnarounds. For those who follow business stories like football games, his tale of the rise, fall and rise of IBM might be the ultimate slow-motion replay. He became IBM's CEO in 1993, when the gargantuan company was near collapse. The book's opening section snappily reports Gerstner's decisions in his first 18 months on the job—the critical "sprint" that moved IBM away from the brink of destruction. The following sections describe the marathon fight to make IBM once again "a company that mattered." Gerstner writes most vividly about the company's culture. On his arrival, "there was a kind of hothouse quality to the place. It was like an isolated tropical ecosystem that had been cut off from the world for too long. As a result, it had spawned some fairly exotic life-forms that were to be found nowhere else." One of Gerstner's first tasks was to redirect the company's attention to the outside world, where a marketplace was quickly changing and customers felt largely ignored. He succeeded mightily. Upon his retirement this year, IBM was undeniably "a company that mattered." Gerstner's writing occasionally is myopic. For example, he makes much of his own openness to input from all levels of the company, only to mock an earnest (and overlong) employee e-mail (reprinted in its entirety) that was critical of his performance. Also, he includes a bafflingly long and dull appendix of his collected communications to IBM employees. Still, the book is a well-rendered self-portrait of a CEO who made spectacular change on the strength of personal leadership. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed November 11, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 45, p56)
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  • International Business Machines Corporation
  • International Business Machines Corporation
  • Computer industry
  • Electronic office machine industry
  • Corporate turnarounds
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inside IBM's historic turnaround
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Who says elephants can't dance? : inside IBM's historic turnaround, Louis V. Gerstner, Jr
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Includes index
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440240
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24 cm
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xi, 372 pages
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9780060523794
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(alk. paper)
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2002027523
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Label
Who says elephants can't dance? : inside IBM's historic turnaround, Louis V. Gerstner, Jr
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
440240
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 372 pages
Isbn
9780060523794
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002027523
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060523794
  • (Sirsi) ADH-9767

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