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 huge e-book that are meant to be necessary analyzing for all CEOs and an individual thinking about company ethics." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Superb . . . a lively learn of basic electrical, and of its occasionally exceptional, 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 common Electric's upward thrust to the pinnacle of Wall highway, wondering if GE, with leader government officer Jack Welch on the helm, remains to be "bringing good stuff 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 extraordinary effects have come in basic terms with the heavy expense of employees' lives, blighted less than the tyranny of "Neutron Jack" Welch, so named for his bomb-like skill to put off employees with out 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 prefer of the extra glamorous leisure and fiscal companies industries--coexist with scandals like price-fixing, toxins, and safeguard agreement fraud. bound to spark controversy, this gripping, finished 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 enterprise?

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

"This publication makes a priceless contribution to our knowing 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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