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  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Jardine Thompson; 1 edition (April 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061579419X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615794198
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,827,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The rules of the business world have changed - and nobody has full grasp of the new reality. This book is an important step leading the business leaders towards the new normal. From use of technology to outsourcing to innovation - the breadth and depth of thinking is seminal and intense. The best part about this book is the actionable nature of the content. 
Tony Fedorowicz - Global Supply Chain Strategist

Once every few years a business book comes along that stands far above the clutter, that has more than one single idea, that is based on solid research, that related theory and models to the real time business, and that is still ahead of the curve. This is one of those rare books. I will buy hundreds of copies and give them to my suppliers, customers and other business network partners. I think it is well worth the expense to orchestrate a business network when everyone is singing from the same song sheet. 
Tinku Grewal - Chief Executive Officer, Biotech Trading Pty Ltd

If you buy only one business book this decade, make sure this is the one. Your entire way of looking at business world will change for good. You will discover hidden treasures in business networks you did not even know existed. Keep it on your bookshelf, give it to your key employees and friends, and make sure your enemies do not get hold of this book. 
Cooma Chelliah - Chief Executive Officer, Jardine Thompson and Ex Chief Executive Officer - Encyclopedia Britannica Australia

In the high volatility environment, if you are running a portfolio of supply chain purchase worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year, there is no other way to mitigate the enormous risk than by managing the business network extremely carefully. This book expounds and builds on some of the techniques I have utilized for risk management. There is no doubt business networks are powerful beyond belief and useful beyond comparison. 
Hugh Robertson, Ex Director - Commodities and Risk, Weston Milling

The speed of innovation is multiplied many times over. Use of 5-STAR Business Networks help to multiply this speed of innovation and if your company is not using these 5-STAR Business Networks for Innovation then it is likely very soon your company will fall behind your competitors. That is how the chemicals companies are changing their business models from sellers of commodity chemicals to solution sellers, and most other industries are creating new business models today.
Dr Hanns Zeltinger
Former CIO DaimlerChrysler,
Financial Services Asia Singapore

From the Author

If you are as deeply passionate about the world of business and supply chain networks as I am, and enjoy exploring similar questions, and coming up with answers that will help immensely in using this wisdom to build your business, then join me. This book is a journey of exploration through the world of business networks that run the commercial world today.
When General Motors filed for Chapter XI protection in 2008, it also marked the closing of a chapter in modern commerce. General Motors was seen as the paragon of modern American management theory as popularized by Peter Drucker in the middle of the 20th century. It was at this venerable company that Drucker formed his early thoughts about management as a profession, separation of the ownership from management of enterprise, the key functions of management, division of labour, theory of leadership of enterprise, indeed the very concept of the corporation. His writings filled the needs of the time, and were picked up by Ivy League business schools and corporations alike to form the basic foundation of management profession.
Indeed there was a time when General Motors and US commerce were thought of as interchangeable entities with the popular aphorism that "what is good for GM is good for America and vice versa." Some people still think this is the case. They see the decline of General Motors as symptomatic of a wider malaise in the US economy. Others think that General Motors will rise like a phoenix to become an industrial powerhouse.
While we do not know what will eventually happen to General Motors, we know that new models of commerce, new industries, new technologies and new ways of solving old problems will be required to build a stronger economy at a global level. All of these will not necessarily come out of one country, one continent or even one region.
It is not a surprise that the established minds find it difficult to think outside the box. Since the times of Aristotle, Socrates and perhaps even before that, new ideas must come from new places - from outside the established order of thinking. No wonder then that the most innovative companies in the US still choose to locate on the West Coast. Many of the most successful corporations were formed by college drop outs and the most successful business models do not even have names yet.
In this book, we will not only name some of these models, but we also will study them closely and understand these new methods.

More About the Author

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.
- Garrison Keillor

I am the person who CEOs and executives call when they want to multiply profits urgently using the full power of Global Supply Networks. When they get tired of the waste, the lost potential and getting an incomplete picture, I, and my team, work with corporations around the world to achieve their peak potential - in operations, strategy, and in all components of their supply chains.

In 2000, I co-founded Global Supply Chain Group, a high-impact services company comprising supply-chain pioneers and visionary thinkers. Previously, I was a management consultant with top-tier strategy firm Booz Allen & Hamilton where I studied with the best supply chain thinkers with a single passion - learning how to create, configure, and formulate effective, secure and sustainable global supply chains.

Through the GFC and beyond, I have managed the ups and downs in this company to work on projects that span more than 80 countries on five continents, with clients ranging from fortune 500 companies to some of best known brands on earth. I also worked with some of the most innovative green technology companies to help create successful supply chains from scratch. Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of businesses flows in these supply chains, which I helped configure in as little as 12 months. My work has added cumulative value in excess of $1 Billion, incorporating more than 300 projects in major supply chain infrastructure, investment decisions, profitable growth through global supply chain realignment, cost reduction etc.

Some of my articles are published in relevant journals and business magazines, and I speak at business schools, conferences, forums and workshops around the world when it is interesting. I also continue to write books based on my experience and expertise.

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A great book for any manager, CEO or business owner.
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Vivek understanding of network will help you immensely build your business or upgrade it to a new level.
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Practical examples written in this book is inspiring and very interesting to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Murali Dharan on May 1, 2013
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A seminal and timely book on creating and leveraging business networks to co-innovate, co-deliver and grow globally. Vivek demonstrates that companies need to create & manage an ecosystem, not just businesses, so the ecosystem can sustain the company and deliver greater value to customers. This book is a must-read & must-do for all managers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on April 30, 2013
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I am actually the voice of the soon to be available audio version of this phenomenal book. I was speaking to Mr. Sood about how there were so many parts of the book that inspired me, that there were times, I just stopped recording to really process what he was saying. You see, I am a teacher by trade, working in Arizona, and have been in the field of education for 9 years. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education, with emphasis in History, Geography, Political Science and Anthropology, with a secondary minor in Anthropology as well. I also have my Master's Degree in Education, with regard to Curriculum and Instruction. As it turns out, Vivek Sood's book is relevant not only in the business sector, but also in the business of education. I was able to identify several chapters that not only identified the organizational and structural problems that make our American education system somewhat ineffective, but also begin to understand some solutions to the infrastructural nightmares as well. I look forward to really considering how 5 Star Business Networks can be applied to many organizations and know that whatever sector you are from, you will find wisdom, observations, and inspiration in the Vivek Sood's 5 Star Business Networks.
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Management and supply chain consultant Vivek Sood offers up advice he previously restricted to CEOs in "The 5 Star Business Network." This book offers insights into the nuts and bolts of the business world, particularly how to cut costs and create opportunities out of what was previously nothing in regards to partners, suppliers and associates in your market. This book is highly recommended for those wanting to step up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aquatis on April 26, 2013
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Hard-hitting, topical and intelligent, "The 5 Star Business Network" isn't written for the casual fan of capitalism, but the CEO fighting off the sharks, the mid-level manager determined to climb the corporate ladder and the idealistic entrepreneur who thinks his way is always the right way. Each and every one of these types, plus everyone in between, can learn a thing or five from author Vivek Sood on how to make the most of the people you know and stay one step ahead in the race to profit
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert M Montgomery on February 19, 2014
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"The 5 Star Business Network" is a great read full of valuable thought. I'm sure that Vivek's next book will follow the highest level of thinking,

Bob Montgomery
Experienced Bank Executive
and Global Thought Leader
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Willis, Ph.D. on February 17, 2014
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The author brings his impressive wealth of experience, knowledge, and insight to bear on the modern day functioning and systems of supply chain networks. The reader gets highly practical information and useful guidance that will enable their success.

Supply chain networks are intrinsic to the success of any organization. Thus, I highly recommend "The 5-Star Business Network." It is essential reading for Ceos and executives who aim to achieve an efficient, sustainable, and reliable supply chain network for their company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maneesh on February 4, 2014
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Underlying this book is the theme of globalisation of supply networks that I have seen in my work in the shipping industry for the last 3 decades. That is why I like it – systematic, methodical and easy to practice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vineet Sanghi on February 2, 2014
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This book is useful for almost any business person, from the smallest to the largest business because it covers the a new way of configuring business networks in a rapidly changing business and social environment. I found so many good ideas that implementing only a few will yield much more than what I spent on it.
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