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DEC is Dead, Long Live DEC

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Digital Equipment Corporation achieved sales of over $14 billion, reached the Fortune 50, and was second only to IBM as a computer manufacturer. Though responsible for the invention of speech recognition, the minicomputer, and local area networking, DEC ultimately failed as a business and was sold to Compaq Corporation in 1998. This fascinating modern Greek tragedy by Ed S ...more
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Published August 9th 2004 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. (first published June 2003)
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Amar Pai
I'm not sure what I expected this book to be... turns out it's a management theory case study written by this dude who consulted at DEC for 30-odd years.

It's the kind of thing you'd read if you were studying management in grad school

There were some good bits about how large organizations fail (extreme handwaving here cos I skimmed it and can't recount the pithy management-studies-buzzwords and jargon) but it's honestly way too abstract for my taste. Some people like thinking about companies at t
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George Shubin
This book is really interesting if you once worked for DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation). A lot of memories I hadn't thought of in many years were brought to mind while reading this book.

If you never worked for DEC it's probably not so engrossing. But if you're are interested in how a once super-successful technology company fell, and how its innovations continue to affect us today, then this book provides some good insights.
Gale Jake
Written by a reporters who followed the company, it shows how / where former employees of DEC carried the good part of the culture on to other organizations. OK read, but maybe more like reading a long newspaper with information vs: an exciting story.
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