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Some companies seem born to fail, while others manage to survive and thrive despite great adversity. What are the secrets of the survivors?. Sole Survivors puts nine such companies under the microscope to discover what sets them apart from their less-successful competitors, what make them "exceptional". But these nine are neither blue-chip multinationals nor high-tech operators. They are small to medium-sized European companies in a traditional section that has been decimated in recent times-footwear manufacturing. This book tells the stories of these companies in detail from their historical development through to their current business strategies, from their organisational structures to their work processes. But the analysis doesn't just consider the cold facts and figures. By going deeply into each company, by understanding the issues and concerns of the people who work there, Sole Survivors gets to the very heart of these organisations. The stories in Sole Survivors are well told and engaging, and the overall analysis is concise and sharp. The book concludes with a unique framework that links different management disciplines to provide a fresh understanding of how businesses operate. Above all, these stories of survival will be inspirational and instructive for anyone interested in what really happens inside exceptional companies.
Kerins, Anto T.: Sole survivors: how exceptional companies survive and thrive at the edge. Published by Oak Tree Press, 1999.