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At Any Cost: Jack Welch, General Electric, and the Pursuit of Profit

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"O'Boyle has researched and written a monumental book that should be mandatory reading for all CEOs and anyone concerned with business ethics." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Superb . . . a spirited study of General Electric, and of its sometimes brilliant, sometimes bungling, but always ruthless boss, Jack Welch."                               --Chicago Sun-Times

With convincing passion and meticulous research, Thomas F. O'Boyle explores the forces behind General Electric's rise to the top of Wall Street, questioning if GE, with chief executive officer Jack Welch at the helm, is still "bringing good things to life."        Welch--explosive, profit-hungry, and pragmatic--catapulted GE's stocks to the top, up 1,155 percent from 1982 to 1997. O'Boyle argues that these astounding results have come only with the heavy price of employees' lives, blighted under the tyranny of "Neutron Jack" Welch, so named for his bomb-like ability to eliminate staff without disturbing surrounding operations. During Welch's reign, hard-nosed success tactics--unblinking downsizing, ruthless acquisition negotiations, and the virtual abandonment of manufacturing in favor of the more glamorous entertainment and financial services industries--coexist with scandals like price-fixing, pollution, and defense contract fraud. Sure to spark controversy, this gripping, comprehensive account begs the greater question: Is Jack Welch's GE a model company for business in the next century, or is it time to change the way the world does business?

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

"This book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of corporate America. . . . Thomas F. O'Boyle persuades you that GE--Jack Welch's GE--brings bad things to life. In abundance."         --Washington Monthly

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-432) and index.

About the Author

Thomas F. O'Boyle lives near Pittsburgh.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375705670
Author:
O'Boyle, Thomas F.
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
O'Boyle, Thomas F.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Electricity
Subject:
Profit
Subject:
Electric industries
Subject:
General electric company
Subject:
Biography/Business
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
1422-3F
Publication Date:
19990931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x .9 in 1.0625 lb

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