IBM so dominated the computing industry from the 1950s onwards that by 1980 the US government decided to set up antitrust commission to decide if it had too much power. By the time the commission gave in its report, IBM was heading towards bankruptcy. The man who saved them from that fate was Louis V. Gerstner and this book explains how he brought about a massive cultural transformation.
Monthly Archives: October 2012
October and it is already snowing in Grenoble!
This weekend there were some 20 cms (8 in.) of snow in Grenoble. In October! This is almost unheard of though you won’t hear those in the skiing industry complaining. This may also be good news for international students coming here soon on a study abroad program. In fact, just this week we finished the recruitment process for next semester.
Back in February I did a survey of international students to see of the prospect of doing some skiing was important in choosing to study in Grenoble. Nearly 50% of them said that is was very important. Is this a rational decision for future managers to make? Continue reading
BOOK REVIEW: “Jack: What I’ve Learned Leading a Great Company and Great People” by Jack Welch & John A. Byrne (2003)
No one would ever accuse Jack Welch of being short on ego. As leader General Electric for 21 years he imposed his style as one of the most charismatic business leaders of the 20th Century. He was known as being one of the world’s toughest bosses, and was dubbed Neutron Jack for his capacity to get straight to the point. Fortune magazine named him “The Manager of the Century.”
Foucauld Watine, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about his experiences at Sun Yat-Sen Business School.
If you can seize the opportunity of an exchange program – do it! I experienced Guangzhou but I am not sure everybody enjoys this city. I am far from saying it’s beautiful, no, but it’s highly instructive. Guangdong Capital, located on the shores of the Pearl River delta, is the cradle of world´ manufacturing. Therefore this place grabs attention of anybody who wants to benefit from its infinite supply capacities. The fascinatingly complex Chinese culture is mixed with Cantonese culture but it doesn’t get the things more difficult than anywhere else in China – it hardly can!
Photos and text by Foucauld Watine
This book is an interesting and impartial look at the development of Amazon. Unfortunately, it gets off to a terrible start. Any 9th Grader will have heard a hundred times that a good essay begins with a clear and dynamic start and finishes with a punchy conclusion. What a pity that Mr. Brandt seems to have forgotten this advice. The book is actually a very enjoyable read with a lot of information about Amazon. It is you really want to have a good impression of it, you should skip the first and last chapters.
Adeline Benoit, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experiences at Clarkson University.
Being a student at the American University? An amazing experience! Living in the campus with roomates from other countries or seeing squirrels in the graveyards, taking courses of teachers who teach you to think and express yourself properly, you will simply live the experience of your life that makes you grow up.
Photos and text by Adeline Benoit
If you are reading this before the 18th October, you have a privilege that I do not have. I am currently in Beijing and my blog is censored by the Chinese government. I am free to write this article, send it back to France and ask a colleague to post it up for me. (Many thanks for that.) However, I cannot read what I have written on my own blog.
OK, OK, I can hear you. Considering the reading of my blog as being a “privilege” is pushing things a little bit, but that is just the point, isn’t it? Why anyone would consider it to be sufficiently important to censor is quite beyond me. China is a country that I love visiting and after many years of coming here I have many good friends. I have only written two articles specifically on China and they just deal with education and the new generation of students. So why bother blocking it?
Fiona Devaux, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experience at University of Birmingham.
As the second city of England, Birmingham has come a long way from the industrial era! After numerous refurbishment investments, the city has become dynamic and young.
Photos and text by Fiona Devaux
This is the worst type of “business” book; a collection (jumble) of stories and anecdotes that try to pass themselves off as having some foundation in science.
Read it, blink and you will have already forgotten the contents.
Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, has said that anyone could have run the corporation in the 1990s. Conditions were so favorable that “a dog could have run GE” he claims. Not very flattering for his predecessor, Jack Welch!
Still, leadership is certainly easier when the economic outlook is good. The real test is during an economic downturn and given the difficult past 5 years books of this sort are more than welcome.
Peter Lorange has had one of the most illustrious careers in academia. Having begun his career teaching at MIT Sloan School of Management and Wharton, he then went on to become President of BI, Oslo and then IMD, Lausanne. He retired from this last position in 2009 but instead of dedicating his time to golf he bought the GSBA, Zurich and renamed it the Lorange Institute of Business. You might conclude that he has quite a bit to say on leadership and you would be right. This is an excellent book.