By Thomas J. Watson Jr.
The undying company e-book that also brings viewpoint and advice to trendy bottom-line executivesWhen first released in 1963, IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr.'s A company and Its ideals gave readers an exceptional glance within IBM's govt places of work. Watson-son of IBM's founder- candidly mentioned how the corporate clung to its values in the course of the first nice technological shift, and the way this refusal to compromise grew to become IBM's energy. He additionally turned one of many first CEOs to question business's position and accountability in society, and brazenly talk about how agencies may well meet increasing social expectancies whereas nonetheless turning a profit.The groundbreaking principles during this ebook nonetheless resonate with latest managers. This newly released version reintroduces Watson's principles to a brand new new release of decision-makers looking for IBM-style criteria for his or her personal corporations. A to-the-point exam of the values and ideology that equipped and sustained IBM, its message is as invaluable this present day because it used to be 4 many years back-and will once more strike a powerful chord with executives all over the place.
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