Business at a Crossroads The Crisis of Corporate Leadership

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  • Copyright: 2009-12-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Recent events suggest liberal capitalism harbours two dangerous seeds of self-destruction; growing inequality and a tendency for markets to spiral out of control. This book advocates the restoration to an earlier state of another sub-system of liberal capitalism, some of the features of which lie at the heart of liberal capitalisms malaise.

Author Biography

TOM LLOYD is a management writer and author. He is a former editor of Financial Weekly and Management Today, was founder editor of Gemini Consulting's quarterly management journal Transformation and wrote the 'Working Brief' column in The Sunday Telegraph for several years. He has written five books, including Managing Knowhow, with Karl-Erik Sveiby, (Bloomsbury, 1987) and The 'nice' company (Bloomsbury, 1990).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Referencep. 11
What ails big businessp. 13
What people wantp. 15
Self-respect is a primary goodp. 17
Freep. 19
Fairp. 20
Reasonablep. 21
Decentp. 24
Power and powerlessnessp. 26
Good workp. 29
The argument so farp. 30
Referencesp. 30
A feudal heritagep. 31
A cat ponders a kingp. 31
Business is naturalp. 32
Early tradep. 34
The precursors of companiesp. 35
The English East India Companyp. 37
From mercantilism to capitalismp. 39
The Industrial Revolutionp. 41
An accidental birthp. 42
The birth environmentp. 43
Medieval tournamentsp. 45
The evolutionary puzzlep. 47
The argument so farp. 48
Box: Hudson's Bay Companyp. 48
Referencesp. 50
The steam-age corporationp. 51
Why the MuBE emergedp. 52
Why the MuBE thrivedp. 56
Chandler's contributionp. 66
The argument so farp. 67
Box: Vickers-Armstrongsp. 67
Referencesp. 68
The decadent corporationp. 69
Justice as fairnessp. 69
Growing inequalityp. 72
More than fair sharesp. 78
TARP restrictions on executive payp. 79
The gathering stormp. 82
Barriers to reformp. 83
A dangerous decadencep. 85
The argument so farp. 86
Referencesp. 87
Not so much greedp. 88
Greedp. 88
Asset-skimmingp. 92
An unwholesome alliancep. 93
An unhappy coincidencep. 95
The cult of leadershipp. 98
The buck and the bucks stop herep. 102
The argument so farp. 102
Referencesp. 103
The myth of leadershipp. 104
The CEO systemp. 105
The management ideas marketp. 107
The CEO as principal and conductorp. 109
Systemic risksp. 111
Fortunes from good fortunep. 114
The CEO as ambassadorp. 115
Leaders and leadershipp. 116
Progress reportp. 119
The argument so farp. 119
Referencesp. 120
Reforming big businessp. 121
Leaderless competitorsp. 123
Roads not takenp. 124
A fractured landscapep. 127
Box: Patches on landscapes
Phase transitionp. 130
The poverty of strategyp. 132
New roadsp. 135
Linuxp. 135
Wikipediap. 139
Stewards, seeders, guardiansp. 142
The argument so farp. 143
Referencesp. 143
The adaptive challengep. 145
The question of purposep. 145
Soul and communityp. 148
Too few womenp. 150
Feminine managementp. 153
The arrow and the spiralp. 156
The female advantagep. 157
Talentp. 157
Moderating machop. 158
Riskp. 158
Ethicsp. 158
Box: Ethics and genderp. 159
Payp. 159
The promise of womenp. 160
The argument so farp. 160
Referencesp. 161
Size and shapep. 162
Real businessp. 163
Small and localp. 164
Power withp. 165
Box: From an Acornp. 167
The parasite's strategyp. 169
Partnership problemsp. 170
Yielding powerp. 174
Creative conversationp. 175
Partnership enterprisep. 176
The argument so farp. 177
Referencesp. 177
Corporate reformationp. 178
The Individualized Corporationp. 178
The regents committeep. 182
Corporate democracyp. 185
Numbers that nudgep. 187
Open-book managementp. 188
Measuring CEO performancep. 190
Redeeming the corporationp. 191
Box: Semco's steps to democracyp. 193
Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 194
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