A great place to learn Schein's concepts of organizational culture.
That said, the coverage of the cultural aspects of DEC is reasonably good, but the authors miss the point entirely that DEC was merely a culture.
I recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with DEC or wishes to understand its enduring legacies.
This is a some times draggy book but does explain the factors that led to DEC's demise. The balkanization into fiefdoms is well explained. Read morePublished 12 months ago by G. Robinson
As a 17 year veteran of digital equipment corporation, I enjoy reliving our perennial discussions (arguments). I wonder at the ability of Ken Olsen to inspire by empowerment. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
For anyone who worked at Digital Equipment or had met Ken Olson, this book gives an unique insight into both the firm and the man who founded it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mel Bird
Got some insights into the surprisingly sudden (from the outside) flameout of DEC and why they made some of the most visibly cringeworthy decisions in the late 80s. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Art Yerkes
An interesting and fascinating story of Amercan tech busness success and it's unraveling in the face of an established company culture and a very fast-changing industry.Published 16 months ago by Kirby Wohlander
This is basically one long "I Love You" note to Ken Olson. There are little to no details on what DEC actually produced, just how great their management team was. Read morePublished on October 5, 2010 by Randal Rioux
We hear a lot about "knowledge workers" and innovation. So how does one run an innovative business based on knowledge workers? Read morePublished on May 30, 2008 by Dion Dock
This reads better than any novel that you will pick up. A great place to learn Schein's concepts of organizational culture. Read morePublished on March 28, 2008 by Jim M.