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Entrepreneurs, Managers, and Leaders: What the Airline Industry Can Teach Us About Leadership Hardcover – October 13, 2009

ISBN-13: 000-0230615678 ISBN-10: 0230615678

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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230615678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230615670
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,783,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An excellent read.  Important lessons and insights from some of the key pioneers and innovators in the U.S. airline industry.  Practitioners, airline managers, and students of the industry should find this book to be quite relevant.” --Mark Diamond, SH&E International Air Transport Consultancy
“Having the right business model for the right context is a key to business success - but business leaders can also shape this. The complex interaction between leaders and their organizations is demonstrated with authority in this novel and empirically rich study of the turbulent one-hundred year history of the American airline industry.” --Geoffrey Jones, Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Harvard Business School

About the Author

ANTHONY J. MAYO is the Thomas S. Murphy Distinguished Research Fellow and Director of the HBS Leadership Initiative.  He co-created and currently teaches a new MBA course called “Great Business Leaders:  The Importance of Contextual Intelligence.” The Leadership Initiative is an interdisciplinary center that strives to serve as a catalyst for cutting-edge research and course development on leaders and leadership.  He is the co-author of In Their Time:  The Greatest Business Leaders of the 20th Century, which has been translated into 5 languages.  He is also the co-author of Paths to Power: How Insiders and Outsiders Shaped American Business Leadership (released in January 2007 by HBS Press).  These books have been derived from the development of the Great American Business Leaders database that Nitin Nohria and Tony Mayo created for the Leadership Initiative.

NITIN NOHRIA is Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration and co-Faculty Chair of the Leadership Initiative. His research centers on leadership and corporate transformation. Co-author of more than ten books, his most recent, Paths to Power: How Insiders and Outsiders Shaped American Business Leadership, chronicles how leaders from different backgrounds rose to power in American business.

MARK RENNELLA was awarded a Ph.D. in American History from Brandeis University in 2001 and has researched and published extensively on the cultural and business implications of international travel. A college instructor for many years, Mark began his teaching career abroad as a Lecturer of English and American Studies at the University of Tours in 1988. He also taught at the History and Literature Program at Harvard University from 1998 to 2003. His interest in the intersections and interactions between American culture and other cultures around the world culminated in his recent book, The Boston Cosmopolitans: International Travel and American Arts and Letters (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008). This book traced the impact of international steamship travel on the work of a group of artists, architects and writers who worked in the Boston area between 1865 and 1915.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Michael Lewiecki on December 31, 2009
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This remarkable book provides an overview of the evolution of the airline industry, literally from the ground up, with particular focus on the personalities and leadership styles of airline CEOs. The theme is that the success or failure of each airline has had much to do with the matching of CEO leadership skills with the challenges of the concurrent business environment, and that different skill-sets are needed at different stages in a company's lifespan. This is hardly a new concept, but it is presented in a manner that makes it a good read for anyone who wants to know more about the airlines we now have and how they became what they are. It is well-written, well-researched, and well-documented. It is small enough to take on your next plane ride, entertaining enough to limit your high altitude napping, and detailed enough to provide some insights for seasoned travelers, even those with considerable business background. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Gorman on October 24, 2010
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This insightful book presents a rarely glimpsed viewpoint. Many books talk about 'systems' and organization structures, which while necessary, are rarely sufficient for an organization or industry to grow, especially in a hostile atmosphere. How we went from the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, to the moon and space stations, is due in a very large part to just 6 individuals. Amazing! To solve many of todays problems, this type of thinking will be necessary.
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