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When Giants Stumble: Classic Business Blunders and How to Avoid Them Robert Sobel

When Giants Stumble: Classic Business Blunders and How to Avoid Them

Robert Sobel

Published June 1st 1999
ISBN : 9780735200593
Paperback
256 pages
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Packard, E.J. Korvette, RCA, Drexel Burnham Lambert, Pabst, and Schwinn. Once industry leaders, these companies all suffered devastating and, in some cases, fatal setbacks because of one pivotal mistake. A renowned writer and speaker who has tracedMorePackard, E.J. Korvette, RCA, Drexel Burnham Lambert, Pabst, and Schwinn. Once industry leaders, these companies all suffered devastating and, in some cases, fatal setbacks because of one pivotal mistake. A renowned writer and speaker who has traced the missteps of corporate America, Robert Sobel offers a fascinating look at fifteen glaring and enlightening product flops and management foibles. Rather than call attention to corporate greed or foolishness, the author reveals sound reasoning behind some of the worst moves in modern business history.Capturing tragic mistakes in the making, each chapter spotlights a key blunder committed by a onetime mover and shaker. Critical errors include: tinkering with winning products or marketing downscale versions- gutting blindsided by rivals or government regulations- striving to outdo a famed predecessor- fighting technology -- or sheepishly following every innovation- and mistaking temporary industry changes for permanent ones -- or vice versa.Lively and eye-opening, When Giants Stumble explores a side of business history too seldom discussed, with valuable lessons for both thriving and floundering companies.