For three decades, Ichak Adizes, Ph.D., has studied the patterns of
organizational growth and change in businesses worldwide, from Bank
of America to Domino's Pizza to small start-ups. In his
breakthrough book Managing Corporate Lifecycles, Dr. Adizes traced
the typical corporate path from inception to decline. Now, in this
long-awaited follow-up, he guides companies on the optimal path --
and reveals how to sustain peak vitality.
Courtship, Infancy, the heady Go-Go years, and turbulent
Adolescence, these are the stages every company goes through to
reach what Dr. Adizes calls Prime -- the ideal stage of balanced
creativity and discipline. At every stage, he shows how to
anticipate and handle "normal" problems -- whether with goal
setting or managing employees -- then quickly move on and up. Once
in the Prime stage, the author presents proactive measures for
maintaining focus and vision, nurturing cohesion, and achieving
"predictable excellence." He also offers strategies for avoiding
the typical downhill path -- starting with the Signs of Aging, such
as risk avoidance; moving on to Aristocracy, where power and
protocol dominate; and culminating in the final stages of decay:
Recrimination, Bureaucracy, and Death.
Easing the pains of growing, Managing Corporate Lifecycles opens
the way for every organization to thrive -- indefinitely.
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