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Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

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Berkshire Hathaway, the $300 billion conglomerate that Warren Buffett built, is among the world's largest and most famous corporations. Yet, for all its power and celebrity, few people understand Berkshire, and many assume it cannot survive without Buffett. This book proves them wrong.

In a comprehensive portrait of the corporate culture that unites Berkshire's subsidiaries
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Hardcover, 307 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Columbia University Press
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Guy
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a galley copy of this book and it is excellent. Cunningham researched Bershire's subsidiaries and performed multiple in-depth interviews with key Berkshire managers to understand the culture and to answer the question of how durable that culture is.

Any observer of business will find this book both fascinating and useful. It will enable a much deeper understanding of Berkshire Hathaway's remarakable culture, how it works, and why it will endure Beyond Buffett.

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JG
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are several biographies and accounts about Warren Buffett's life as an investor and businessman, but there are none written about his master piece, Berkshire Hathaway. This book is filling that void.

Cunningham has made a great job in writing the biography of Berkshire Hathaway, which is Buffett's own Sistine Chapel. This biography tells the story of every subsidiary inside BRK, its founders, its culture and how they've managed to transform their intangible values into economic values.

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Tirath
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is a collection of business biographies - subsidiaries and investments of Berkshire Hathaway.
The details revealed about the history and culture of some of the companies is amazing - it's quite difficult to understand some of the nuances of the kinds of businesses that WB has bought for BRK

For me, this was the best part of the book.

And throughout, the author tries (quite unsuccessfully) to spin stories around each of the companies wrt why they are examples of how they will survive beyond
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InvestingByTheBooks.com
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hopefully this book can do for corporate culture and creating value what William Thorndike’s Outsiders did for share buybacks and “value creation”. For those of you with a high degree of Warren Buffett-nausea, please keep reading! If Larry Cunningham’s The Essays of Warren Buffett is an “MBA in a book”, this book can be described as a doctorate degree in corporate stewardship in a day. One Buffetteer remarked that what Alice Schroeder did for Buffett The Man, Cunningham has done for Berkshire Th ...more
June Ding
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not too long ago, I thought culture is such a fluffy thing that it is just a corporate talk. But over the years from my own personal experience and read of many company and founders biographies, I now believe it is fundamental to a company's success. A company's culture usually reflects its founders value and belief systems. So it is the case of Berkshire. This book summaries Berkshire corporate culture as follows: budget conscious, earnest, reputation, kinship, self starters, hands off, investo ...more
Julian Bu
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
informative.
Nasser
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Marks a paradigm business shift, amid an era of aggressive acquisitions, spin offs, mergers and strategic partnerships, business landscape is changing. Moving from hard industrial money into "cheap money" as industrialists call it. a long lived battle between the two, came into a close tie rather a slight "cheap money" win. This opened a wide door for interpretations onto the future of massive acquisitions, acquired businesses performance and reflections on overall societal impact.
Kaustubh Kirti
We expect a book written on Berkshire Hathway to talk about Warren Buffett and his story of conquests. However this book takes us on a different note. The book talks more than the man behind the empire. The book explores the set of guiding principles that the man has placed in the company which would last even when he might not be there to take the company forward.

The book talks about the stories of various acquisitions and essence behind each one. Berkshire might look like a built up conglomera
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Rbarfuss
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, finance
I really enjoyed this book. The biggest take-away for me was the information regarding delegation and independently working subsidiaries. I've looked at how that applies to government and my small business as it expands. Very helpful and I'll be referencing it often in the future.

It didn't give me any greater comfort in my Berkshire investment going forward - as I haven't been too concerned about the existing holdings for some time. However, it did point out, and I believe, that future growth of
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Alex Devero
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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What will keep Berkshire Hathaway successful even after Buffett is gone? Think about it ... Right now, Buffett is seen as the Berkshire's foundation without which it could not stand on survive. However, Buffett has worked hard to instill
specific core values such as budget consciousness, earnestness, kinship and more (one for every letter in BERKSHIRE). These values and principles will give strength to business endeavors at Berkshire Hathaway so the legacy Warren Buffett has built will continue t
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Alaeddin Hallak
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The key message in this book:
Budget consciousness, earnestness and kinship are some of the key characteristics that give strength to business endeavors at Berkshire Hathaway, a multibillion-dollar conglomerate led by self-starters and driven by a hands-off management philosophy. By maintaining a strong reputation in many industries, encouraging savvy investing and preferring rudimentary businesses, Berkshire Hathaway founder Warren Buffett has built a legacy that will continue to prosper even wh
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Brett Nocerini
Good subsidiary stories

You won't learn much more about Buffett or Berkshire unless your an investing newbie. But there is some nice history on the subsidiaries acquired over the years.

Secret of success: zero cost capital (from insurance ops) + acquisitions in times of panic + decentralized management + compounding interest.
Robert Ditrych
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Warren Buffet is an exeptional investor and a business person. The book gives you lessons about business culture and value in values... those that can endure even after leaders are gone. Worth reading.
Tyler
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Torn between 3 and 4, would give it a 3.5 if I could. Easy to read and interesting stories. The authors synopsis of the characteristics of Berkshire subsidiaries feels a bit hokey. Multiple anecdotes, but this is a reasonable read for people who are interested in Berkshire.
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Justin
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
A great introduction into Berkshire's values and overview of Berkshire's history
Theodore Kinni
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting--and a strong argument for entrepreneurial and equitable values
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Lawrence Cunningham, who goes by Larry, has published many books, including:

Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter

The AIG Story

He loves teaching (a prawf at GW), windsurfing, reading, and spending time with his wife and two daughters, preferably at
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“What, then, is Berkshire’s moat? The answer: Berkshire’s distinctive corporate culture. Berkshire spent the last five decades acquiring a group of wholly owned subsidiaries of bewildering variety but united by a set of distinctive core values. The result is a corporate culture unlike any other. And this is Berkshire’s moat.” 1 likes
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