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Good to Great

Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don't

Jim Collins

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The Challenge
Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.

But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

The Study
For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great?

The Standards
Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world's greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck.

The Comparisons
The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good?

Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness -- why some companies make the leap and others don't.

The Findings
The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:

  • Level 5 Leaders: The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness.

  • The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence.

  • A Culture of Discipline: When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology.

  • The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.

“Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, "fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.”

Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings?

Jim Collins is a student and teacher of what makes great companies tick, and a Socratic advisor to leaders in the business and social sectors. Having invested more than a quarter-century in rigorous research, he has authored or coauthored six books that have sold in total more than 10 million copies worldwide. They include Good to Great, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall, and Great by Choice.

Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.

In addition to his work in the business sector, Jim has a passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organizations, social ventures, and cause-driven nonprofits.

In 2012 and 2013, he had the honor to serve a two-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 2017, Forbes selected Jim as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.

Jim has been an avid rock climber for more than forty years and has completed single-day ascents of El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley.

Learn more about Jim and his concepts at his website, where you’ll find articles, videos, and useful tools.


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 320
Erscheinungsdatum 01.10.2001
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-06-662099-2
Verlag Harper Collins Publ. USA
Maße (L/B/H) 24.4/15.9/3 cm
Gewicht 522 g
Verkaufsrang 1939


2 Bewertungen

Good is the enemy of Great...
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Zofingen am 13.12.2019

Eine gut dokumentierte Studie, wobei an Hand einer ganz streng gewählten Gruppe - Amerikanische - Betrieben gezeigt wird wie ein Unternehmen von '(nur) Gut' zu 'Einzelartig' wird. Es kommt natürlich an auf dem Führer, den Mitarbeitern, aber auch das gewählten Konzept und die innerbetriebliche Kultur sind wichtig. Das alles ist ... Eine gut dokumentierte Studie, wobei an Hand einer ganz streng gewählten Gruppe - Amerikanische - Betrieben gezeigt wird wie ein Unternehmen von '(nur) Gut' zu 'Einzelartig' wird. Es kommt natürlich an auf dem Führer, den Mitarbeitern, aber auch das gewählten Konzept und die innerbetriebliche Kultur sind wichtig. Das alles ist nicht nur im professionellen Bereich einsetzbar aber man kann es auch im privaten Leben benützen. Dieses Buch ist ein von dieser Bücher wovon man nach Lesen sagt, dass hätte ich vor zwanzig Jahre wissen müssen. Glücklicherweise ist es nie zu spät sich klug zu machen: Wichtiges Buch, nicht nur für Managers und sonstige professionellen Führer.

Ein MUSS für jeden, der Interesse an Wirtschaftsthemen hat
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Offenbach am 08.11.2019
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Mich hat das Buch voll und ganz überzeugt. Sehr gut und umfangreich recherchiert, eine absolute Empfehlung. Zeitweise etwas trocken, aber das Buch räumt mit einigen Vorstellungen und falschen Annahmen auf. Ich fand es sehr inspirierend.

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