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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

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Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 7th 1999 by Vintage (first published January 1998)
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Alex Sarmiento
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
One sided to the point that one feels the need to get the other side of the story immediately after reading the book. When writing a book like this it far more convincing when you at least make an honest effort at objectivity before drawing such sweeping rationalizations. That said the book is written in a compelling style that makes it a satisfying experience on a visceral level but on an intellectual level it's missing that ingredient which should leave the reader with a sense of getting a ful ...more
David
Feb 03, 2010 rated it liked it
A little dated-but a great comment on the state of the business world. Although Jack Welch can be blamed on many things (like the relentless pursuit of profit), it doesn't seem fair to pin past misdeeds on him, like the PCB's in the Hudson River. I did learn a lot about the Price Fixing scandal, though, and how a CEO's attitude can permeate an organization.
Kristen Dowling
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
While the stories were good, I wonder exactly who's point of view was documented throughout the book. Seemed very one sided- which is fine, but left me wondering the validity of the tale.
Cara
Apr 24, 2009 is currently reading it
My dad wrote this book 11 years ago and I'm finally reading it!
Alan
Oct 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: economics
The not-so favorable account of GE's "miracles," maybe not so startling now after various meltdowns.
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