Crash Course

The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster

Author: Paul Ingrassia

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588368911

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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With an updated Afterword by the author. This is the epic saga of the American automobile industry’s rise and demise, a compelling story of hubris, missed opportunities, and self-inflicted wounds that culminates with the president of the United States ushering two of Detroit’s Big Three car companies—once proud symbols of prosperity—through bankruptcy. With unprecedented access, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Ingrassia takes us from factory floors to small-town dealerships to Detroit’s boardrooms to the White House. Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroit’s self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves did? Complete with a new Afterword providing fresh insights into the continuing upheaval in the auto industry—the travails of Toyota, the revolving-door management and IPO at General Motors, the unexpected progress at Chrysler, and the Obama administration’s stake in Detroit’s recovery—Crash Course addresses a critical question: America bailed out GM, but who will bail out America?
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Ethics for Managers

Philosophical Foundations and Business Realities

Author: Joseph Gilbert

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317419359

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 284

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Ethics for Managers introduces students to the philosophical underpinnings of business ethics and translates this theory into practical terms, demonstrating the moral implications of the decisions managers make. This edition features new material on global ethics, the financial downturn, and ethical sustainability. New, student-friendly features include: Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, which provide a roadmap to what is covered and how to use it. Cases that demonstrate real-world scenarios, allowing readers to grapple with real moral ambiguity. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter, which challenge students to see different moral perspectives and to practice good decision-making. A new chapter on international business ethics. Students of business ethics courses will find this compact, well-organized text a useful tool to understand ethics in the digital age.
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Road to Power

How GM's Mary Barra Shattered the Glass Ceiling

Author: Laura Colby

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111897266X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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Follow a pioneer's journey from factory floor to CEO Road to Power is the story of how Mary Barra droveherself to the pinnacle of a company that steers the nation'swealth. Beginning as a rare female electrical engineer and daughterof a General Motors die maker, Barra spent more than thirty yearsbuilding her career before becoming the first woman to ever lead aglobal automaker. With $155 billion in sales and 200,000 employees,GM is widely considered to be a proxy for the U.S. economy, makingBarra's position arguably the most important corporate role a womanhas ever held. This book describes the personal character, choices,and leadership style that enabled her to break through the glassceiling. When 52-year-old Mary Barra was named CEO of General Motors in2013, only people outside of the company were surprised. She haddone everything from working on the factory floor to overseeingmanufacturing, from improving union relations to paring downbureaucracy, and from running human resources to helping drag thecompany back from its 2009 bankruptcy. This book details each stepof her career, and the lessons she learned along the way. Learn how Mary Barra's willingness to take on diverseassignments helped steer her career trajectory Examine the fine details of Barra's management style and herability to relate to colleagues Discover the qualities and experiences Barra had that drove herto lead this male-dominated profession Study the valuable lessons Barra learned at each stage in herprofessional life, and why they stuck with her throughout herjourney to the top Barra is most certainly a pioneer for women in business, butshe's also a living lesson as to how far the right outlook, skills,and drive can take you in your career. Road to Powerexplores the talent and the mindset that got her all the way to thetop.
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Corporate Political Behavior

Why Corporations Do What They Do in Politics

Author: Robert Healy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317814789

Category: Political Science

Page: 364

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Corporate Political Behavior centers on why corporations do what they do in politics. The text draws upon insights from the author’s forty years of government and political experience—insights placed within an operating framework grounded in the political science and strategic issue management disciplines. Robert Healy argues that corporate political behavior results from the interplay of behavioral drivers—commercial objectives, competitive political advantage, corporate political culture and leadership—and behavioral enablers—political capital, corporate political reputation, corporate campaign financing, and corporate political clout. This interplay all functions within a three-world environment: market, non-market, and internal corporate. The book examines how these factors structure a firm’s political positioning, its business-political strategies, and its political behavior as it seeks to attain its marketplace goals. The text features in-chapter side bars— events, or circumstances or political happenings of which the author either knew or participated—along with longer mini-cases in which the author also participated or was consulted. Each chapter concludes with a summary and takeaway points. Corporate Political Behavior will be applicable to courses in political science and in business school courses on strategic issue management, policy construction, corporate agency and corporate strategy, as well as of interest to corporations and practitioners.
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