At Any Cost: Jack Welch, General Electric, and the Pursuit by Thomas F. O'Boyle

By Thomas F. O'Boyle

"O'Boyle has researched and written a enormous e-book that are supposed to be necessary analyzing for all CEOs and someone eager about enterprise ethics." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Superb . . . a lively learn of common electrical, and of its occasionally superb, occasionally bungling, yet regularly ruthless boss, Jack Welch."                               --Chicago Sun-Times

With convincing ardour and meticulous study, Thomas F. O'Boyle explores the forces in the back of normal Electric's upward push to the head of Wall road, wondering if GE, with leader government officer Jack Welch on the helm, remains to be "bringing great things to life."        Welch--explosive, profit-hungry, and pragmatic--catapulted GE's shares to the pinnacle, up 1,155 percentage from 1982 to 1997. O'Boyle argues that those remarkable effects have come in simple terms with the heavy cost of employees' lives, blighted below the tyranny of "Neutron Jack" Welch, so named for his bomb-like skill to do away with employees with no anxious surrounding operations. in the course of Welch's reign, hard-nosed luck tactics--unblinking downsizing, ruthless acquisition negotiations, and the digital abandonment of producing in want of the extra glamorous leisure and fiscal companies industries--coexist with scandals like price-fixing, pollutants, and protection agreement fraud. guaranteed to spark controversy, this gripping, complete account begs the higher query: Is Jack Welch's GE a version corporation for enterprise within the subsequent century, or is it time to alter the way in which the realm does company?

"Smoothly written and punctiliously researched." --USA Today

"This e-book makes a important contribution to our figuring out of company the United States. . . . Thomas F. O'Boyle persuades you that GE--Jack Welch's GE--brings undesirable issues to existence. In abundance."         --Washington Monthly

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