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Managing Corporate Lifecycles Hardcover – September 14, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press; Revised edition (September 14, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735200572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735200579
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ichak Adizes, Ph.D., is founder of the Adizes Institute in Los Angeles, California. A renowned speaker, he lectures worldwide and his many books have been translated into 22 languages. Dr. Adizes has taught at UCLA, Stanford University, and Tel Aviv University. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, and Caesaria, Israel.

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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


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This book is very easy to read and follow.
Steven Chambers
It's a book written in practical, accessible business language that nevertheless presents a whole coherent theory.
Neil LaChapelle
The best book I have ever read on management.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book (an updated, improved version of Adizes' 1988 "Corporate Lifecycles") has given me an extremely useful framework for thinking about and improving the organization I work with. In the Adizes framework, my organization would be considered in Early Adolescence, and a turbulent Adolescence at that. What Adizes has helped me to more clearly see is that some of our turbulence is predictable and structural, just as each stage in the typical corporate lifecycle features problems that are normal (as well as problems that are abnormal or pathological). Furthermore, Adizes doesn't stop at diagnosis; he offers prescriptions for anticipating and addressing the tensions inherent in moving from one stage in the lifecycle to another. As a founder of more than one company, Adizes is also refreshingly candid about the difficulty founders face in helping their companies move through the stages. ("It's hard to see the picture when you're in it.") Adizes has helped me to articulate critiques and advocate solutions that I have long sensed dimly, but couldn't adequately pinpoint. Here's a great resource for your leadership team to discuss at a retreat or planning session -- and then to act upon.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Blair C. McHaney on October 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I see that the e-version is only 12 pages and has received very poor reviews. I can understand since I cannot imagine how one could condense the wisdom of this book into so few pages. That said, I can't say enough about the hard cover version. I have read it twice and it should be read by anyone in business leadership. There are few books that are "transcendental" in nature and this is one of those for me. The clarity that Adizes paints into the start-up, growth, increased control, and slide-into-irrelevance phases of the corporate lifecycle is brilliant. He will give you insight into "seeing" these stages and avoiding the mistakes of others. I hope that others will separate the e-version as described, from the real thing that is the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neil LaChapelle on May 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ichak Adizes is not the only person to ever have written about corporate lifecycle management, but he is unique in the degree to which he has made it practical, applicable, and integral to a whole approach to organizational management. It is hard to understate how useful his framework is to people who are trying to build, manage or revive organizations. I work with a lot of startups, and I encourage everybody on the startup team to read this book, which has resulted in the book getting the nickname "the Bible" a couple of times from those who work with me. But I encourage startup teams to read it for a reason. It makes it so much easier to talk about the chemistry of the startup team, the predictable challenges we will face, and the temptations that might kill us. It's mandatory reading for startups, I would say - ideally for the whole team. But it's also useful for people at every other major organizational transition.

There's that painful stage of organizational growth when you're growing so fast the founders can't keep up, and you have to start bringing in professional managers who behave very differently from the founding group. Then there's the challenge of keeping your edge and not getting complacent when you get large and successful. There are also challenges when people in your company are kind of accustomed to being the market dominators, but down on the shop floor the signs of trouble and slipping market share are visible. Finally there are the challenges of trying to turn around a huge bureaucratic institution that no longer serves its stakeholders very well. All of these problems can be understood in terms of Adizes lifecycle theory, and this book is a coherent, practical approach to that entire problem-set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Flavio on May 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this thinking it was the kindle edition of the book "Managing corporate lifecycles". It is not! It has only the content of part I, it does not have the content of part II and III of the physical book. So dont buy this, it is a lie, go buy the real book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Why do some businesses falter immediately and others stay around for a century or more? "Managing Corporate Lifecycles" is a revision of a previous book on corporate longevity and how to stand the test of time as a business. Businesses have stages of life, just like everything else, and Dr. Ichak Adizes calls this process PRIME. Understanding PRIME is a key tactic in furthering one's business, and it makes "Managing Corporate Lifecycles" a powerful and invaluable resource for any business executive who keeps the future in his head at all times.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pavel Golenchenko on May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
One of the best books I have ever read! They do not teach it at MBA, but this books is the must read for everybody who wants to understand what is going on in your company. Reading this book made my life easier. I understood the nature of the problems that my company faced. By the way, all books of Dr. Adizes are fun to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PBVenkat on December 7, 2012
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I bought the book on a Sunday evening and finished it in the next four days time reading through early mornings and late nights. The best book I have ever read on management. Every CEO has a lot to learn from the book. While there are several books on soft and hardware of business the concept of 'life cycle' encompasses them all. It explains the typical behavior of any organization at any point of time in its life cycle. As the author rightly points out each reader will apply the concepts proposed to his own organization and realize its validity. I also did the same. There is a tool in their website which enables us to assess our organization's stage in its life cycle. I attempted and the result was 'with your answers we can't assess your organization's stage'. I was not surprised because I could understand the reason for the same with the help of the concepts proposed in the book
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