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Corporate Lifecycles: How and Why Corporations Grow and Die and What to Do About It Paperback – February 7, 1990


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The Adizes Institute; 1 edition (February 7, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131744267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131744264
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The U. S. foreign policy world--as well as the international community as a whole--would benefit greatly from a deeper understanding of Ichak Adizes' insights and theories."
Ambassador Kenneth L. Adelman, Former Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and former U.S. Representative to the United Nations

BIO:
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes is widely acknowledged as one of the world's leading management experts. Over the course of more than 40 years, he has developed and refined a proprietary methodology that enables corporations, governments, and complex organizations to accomplish exceptional results and manage accelerated change without destructive conflicts. Leadership Excellence Journal named him one of the Top 30 Thought Leaders in the United States, and Executive Excellence Journal put him on their list of the Top 30 Consultants in America.

In recognition of his contributions to management theory and practice, Dr. Adizes has received 14 honorary doctorates, is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management and has been made an honorary citizen of two Eastern European countries. He also received the 2010 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is awarded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundation for contributions to humanity.

Dr. Adizes has served as a tenured faculty member at UCLA; was a visiting professor at Stanford, Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities; and taught at the Columbia University Executive Program. He also served as Dean of the Adizes Graduate School for the Study of Leadership and Change, and is currently an academic advisor to the Graduate School of Management of the Academy of National Economy of the Russian Federation.

Dr. Adizes is founder and president of the Adizes Institute, based in Santa Barbara, California, an international consulting company that applies the Adizes Methodology for clients in the public and private sectors. In 2011, the Adizes Institute was ranked as one of the top ten consulting organizations in the United States by Leadership Excellence Journal.

In addition to consulting to prime ministers and cabinet-level officers throughout the world, Dr. Adizes has worked with a wide variety of companies ranging from startups to members of the Fortune 50. He lectures in four languages, and has appeared before well over 100,000 executives in more than 50 countries.
He has written 14 books that have been published in 24 languages. His book Corporate Lifecycles: How Organizations Grow and Die and What to Do about It (subsequently revised, expanded and republished as Managing Corporate Lifecycles) was named one of the Ten Best Business Books by Library Journal.

Dr. Adizes lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his family. In his leisure time he enjoys folk dancing, playing the accordion, and practicing meditation.

What top business leaders are saying about Dr. Ichak Adizes:

"Dr. Adizes' methodology has been one of the reasons that we have grown from $12 million in sales to over $750 million without any outside financing."
Stewart Resnick, CEO, Roll International

"The Institute's methodology has enhanced internal communications by encouraging habits of participatory management and by helping us accept change as normal and as continuous opportunity for the bank."
Samuel H. Armacost, Former CEO, Bank of America

"The Adizes Methodology for managing sustainable accelerated growth has been a major contributor to our success. In the ten years that we have worked with and retained the services of Adizes LLC, we have grown our capitalization from $261 million in 1992 to $3.5 billion in 2002, making us one of the largest corporations of the continent."
Ricardo B. Salinas, CEO, Grupo Salinas (Mexico)

"Adizes is the Darwin of corporate evolution."
Monroe E. Price, Dean, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University


For additional information contact
805.565.2901 or visit www.ichakadizes.com


Customer Reviews

I read this book as part of an assignment for an MBA class on leadership.
djelkins@iquest.net
If you are thinking about setting up your own business, or have actually started up yours, you better read this book.
"camachito"
I like this book because it explains primary concepts in very simple terms.
Derek Fernandez

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Adizes really does explain how and why corporations (indeed all organizations) grow and die...and what to do about it. He has identified a series of specific "lifecycles. His analysis of each (within a sequence) is especially valuable because, as he explains each with meticulous care, each lifecycle is best understood within a broad as well as deep frame of reference. A careful reader of Corporate Lifecycles can thus determine (a) where his or her organization is now within the sequence, (b) what will be required to reach or return to Prime or Stable (the two most desirable locations within the sequence), and (c) what to expect in terms of obstacles, perils, etc. en route.
Because the ideal combination, the ideal balance, of four critical "factors" (ie performance, administration, entrepreneurship, and integration) will always be a "moving target" under constant "attack" by internal as well as external forces, each organization must constantly be aware of what that ideal combination is for it at any given time, what that ideal balance should be. Change is the only constant.
There really isn't another book quite like Corporate Lifecycles. My brief comments can only begin to suggest Adizes' knowledge, wisdom, and experience which enable his reader to understand how and why organizations grow and die...and what to do about it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jack Veale on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you are a person who desires to create change in your organization, improve profitability, manage the implementation of Strategic or Succession plans, or build a management development process, This book is for you! Most of my clients cannot put the book down as they read about their organization and how predictable companies grow and die.
I insist my clients read this book in order for me to help them build strategic or succession plans, as well as implement them. I do not have a CEO or Senior Exec, who has read the book and found it usesless or meaningless. This book helps me communicate with executives, as to what they see and experience within the company, in order for me to help them.
This is a "MUST READ" before you begin a "Change or Strategic Implementation Process." This is not a "touchy-feely" book. It is right to the point, and has good examples of each element. My favorite part is the Insultant vs Consultant discussion.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Reiff Lorenz on January 2, 2009
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This is one of the best business books of all time. A must-read for business owners and top management. An updated version is available, now titled Managing Corporate Lifecycles. Be sure to mark this review as helpful before jumping to the new version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By djelkins@iquest.net on June 14, 1999
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I read this book as part of an assignment for an MBA class on leadership. The book provides meaningful insight into the various cycles of a company from birth to death. It outlines strengths and weaknesses of a company during these cycles. There also is a valuable piece on types of leadership required during each cycle. After reading this book, I now have a better understanding of why some companies fail and others succeed. Very valuable reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "camachito" on February 4, 2003
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If you are thinking about setting up your own business, or have actually started up yours, you better read this book. It could really save you many a headache.
I did not quite understood why companies would behave in given ways. Even worse, I had not realized how to cope with common entrepreneurial problems until I came accross Dr. Adizes' work.
"Lifecycles" is written in an enjoyable style. Once you start reading it you will not put it down. Dr. Adizes book deserves all praise.
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By Mary J. Lore on November 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
While this book was written in the 1980's, I believe it is timeless. I consider Corporate Lifecyclesto be one of my top 10 all-time favorite business books and recommend it to all of my business clients. In my book and audio book , Managing Thought: How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World?, I talk about the power of self-awareness, seeing what is, seeking first to understand vs. being understood, asking questions without blame, judgment or being a victim, and establishing purpose and vision. Corporate Lifecycles does a superb job of showing how to implement these practices in a business environment and how being of highest and best service brings about significant results. He offers proactive measures for maintaining focus and vision, nurturing a climate of mutual trust and respect and avoiding the onset of aging in corporate structures. With Dr. Adizes' strategies to anticipate and ease the normal, predictable problems of growth, every organization can reach Prime -- and stay there.
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GREAT BOOK! This book was instrumental in the development of my advertising agency back in the 80s, 90s, 2000s. We went from 300K in 1985 to 3.8 million in 2002 - a 17 year span - growth from 4 employees to 23 employees; and three buildings. Today, when I re-read this book, I see our path as clear as day. And I see the rough transitional times causing us to adjust, stretch, and evolve to Prime. It is really exciting to build to a Prime organization. This book will not impart "experience," you have to gain or earn that by application, but it is truthful on the symptoms - good and bad - that when you see "the signs," you can know for a fact that your plans and path must change and a new reality must be adopted and reestablished. The sooner the better.
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