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Resisting Hostile Takeovers: The Case of Gillette Hardcover – October 28, 1997

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ISBN-13: 978-0275958305 ISBN-10: 0275958302

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"[This book] is must reading for business executives and students of American business history. With her detailed understanding of Gillette's history from its founding in 1901, through the Great Depression, World War II, the oil crises of the 1970s, the hostile takeover attempts of the 1980s and the more friendly bids in the 1990s, Professor Ricardo-Campbell captures the essential features of the American corporate experience in the 20th century. This superb volume will also serve as a valuable educational resource, as it underscores the importance of courageous leadership, the need for continual product innovation and diversification, and the importance of risk in today's global business environment."-William E. Simon Former Secretary of the Treasury

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Written by the first woman director of the Gillette Company, this unique book relates how Gillette successfully fought four hostile takeover attempts, won a proxy battle, and now maintains a profitable position.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (October 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275958302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275958305
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,145,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sangwoo Kim on December 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I believe Resisting Hostile Takeovers is worth reading though I don't completely agree with Ms.Ricardo-Campbell's writing style. This book discusses two events Gillette had experiened through 1986 and 1988: hostile hakeover attempt and proxy battle. The author, as economist, very concisely details the major issues arising in the takeover battle such as business decision rule, antigreenmail, proxy battle, anti-takeover legislation etc. Caution is required, however, since this book is written from a board member's viewpoint and there are relatively not much about how managements and other legal and financial advisors reacted to the threats.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By devhan@rose.net on September 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This excellent thesis has great credibility because it was written by someone who was actually in the game and not on the sidelines looking in. The detail is such that it could also serve as a text on the subject of takeovers. This book serves as a testament that even the some of the best managers(Gillette) should and will be constantly challenged ( if need be by outsiders like Perelman, etc) to increase shareholder value.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander HALACEK on December 12, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Well, perhaps not many students find takeover sories interesting. Perhaps,... But for an insight into real business problems, the Gillettte story is one of the very best. It shows that women may be better managers (even in a razor company), provides a fresh written perspective, and should be considered as a wounderful learing example for further geneations.
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