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The Biology of Business:
Decoding the Natural Laws of Enterprise

by John Henry Clippinger III

ISBN 078794324X / 9780787943240 / 0-7879-4324-X
Publisher Jossey-Bass
Language English
Edition Softcover
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The Biology of Business is a blueprint for sparking self-organization, knowledge, and rapid change in any company. Edited by John Henry Clippinger III, the book is a collection of 10 essays about the complexity theory of managing. Authors include top business professors and leading consultants from McKinsey & Company and Ernst & Young. A major theme: Traditional top-down management methods no longer work in an age of fast technological change and world competition. Instead, people must be free to manage themselves and come up with new solutions. The book's goal is to show how some companies are keeping "their enterprises balanced between order and chaos--in that 'sweet spot' where creativity and resilience are at their maximum," writes Clippinger, CEO of Lexeme, an Internet software company. For instance, Philip Anderson, a business teacher at Dartmouth College, recounts how Capital One became a leading credit card issuer and a major growth company by encouraging innovation among all employees. In another piece, called "Adaptive Operations," William G. Macready and Christopher Meyer highlight complexity techniques at General Motors, John Deere and Co., and Mohawk Industries. The book is for business leaders seeking new tools for managing in today's volatile business environment. --Dan Ring [via]