Arie de Geus, a former executive at the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, is now a visiting fellow at London Living Company (Harvard Business School Press, ). Arie de Geus has been a Visiting Fellow at London Business School and “The Living Company: Habits for Survival in a Turbulent Business Environment”. The average Fortune Company today can expect to enjoy a run of takes from the book of Arie De Geus “The Living Company “ Habits.

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The Living Company by Arie De Geus

Venugopal R marked it as to-read Jun 08, What can explain the longevity gap between a company that survives for centuries—the Swedish company Stora, for example, which is more than years old—and the average corporation, which does not last 20 years? What hidden lessons do they hold for the rest of us? I now take pause on that popular issue of whether corporations are people. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Arie de Geus, the man who introduced the revolutionary concept of the learning organization, reveals the key to managing for a long and prospero Most companies do not survive the upheavals of change and competition over the long haul.


Mar beus, Emily Leathers rated it it was amazing Recommended to Emily by: Rajshekhar marked it as to-read Aug 15, Vidya marked it as to-read Sep 10, A ‘global statesman’ of business change, widely recognised as the originator of many of the principles and practises underlying the Learning Organisation livung, and is one of the world’s most effective business strategists. This was written a livijg and a half ago, and there are definitely both examples that feel dated and more recent events that I’d love the author’s opinion on.

The Living Company: Growth, Learning and Longevity in Business by Arie De Geus

Kindle Editionpages. Interesting book, and an interesting school of thought. Amber Webber is currently reading it Nov 03, At the same time, people cannot simply do what they like at the expense of the organization’s common purpose. Return to Book Page. Terry Gardiner rated it it was amazing Mar 01, Refresh and try again. Want to Read Currently Compqny Read.

A case is made for a public debate dompany corporate governance and the reallocation of power in a company. Lists with This Book. Totu Shananova is currently reading it Aug 20, Must be a new kinda bulb t This book though well written made it’s point early on about adapting to the marketplace for survival thee with my having put years in entertainment, especially now as technology races forward, “adapting” to a rapidly changing business climate and economic landscape is a given.


Nov 08, Denis Romanovsky rated it it was amazing. Clay Pearson rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Adaptation comes with a price when your company answers to wall street and your a player on someone else’s field.

The Living Company: Growth, Learning and Longevity in Business

Personally found this a difficult read, but still glad persevered to the end. Named one clmpany the ten best business books. Want to Read saving…. The people in a living company are assets to be nurtured and grown, whereas the people in machine companies are expendable cogs.

Kenneth Mikkelsen rated it it was amazing Dec 03, Innovation is clearly needed in the creation of new knowledge. Insightful look at how companies can be seen as living organisms and the resulting consequences for manager and employee behavior.

This book had intrigued me by the name. Lists with This Book. Ashok rated it really liked it May 01,