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The Generations of Corning: The Life and Times of a Global Corporation Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0195140958 ISBN-10: 0195140958 Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; First Edition edition (June 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195140958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195140958
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These two books, along with a third volume (the forthcoming Corning Through the Ages), were commissioned by Corning to mark 150 years in business. While such an endeavor is inevitably self-serving, the authors have been allowed to present both the accomplishments (and they are numerous) and the sticking points and warts. In The Generations of Corning, Dyer and Gross detail the history of the organization from its inception to the current day. From a business perspective, it is intriguing to learn how a company was able to take a fundamental material glass and both develop its particular formulation and engineer the industrial process to expedite manufacturing. This was true for the electric light bulb, fiber optics, and a host of other industrial and consumer products. The history also shows how Corning leveraged its competencies through large-scale partnerships. In Corning and the Craft of Innovation, history is subjugated to more specific topics. Hence, Gross and Shuldiner deal with glassmaking as both an art and a science, the realm of processes, and military applications. Perhaps the greatest value of the book is in showing how Corning came to embody what in today's jargon is a "learning organization." As a result, an organization that made its living off the mundane (e.g., the light bulb) was able to create the spectacular (e.g., the 200" telescope mirror). While each work covers much the same material, the scientist may prefer Craft and the social economist, Generations; both books are recommended. Steven Silkunas, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Philadelphia
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The popular image of Corning hardly puts the 150-year-old glassmaking company located in rural New York at the forefront of the information and telecommunications revolution. But the company has 40,000 employees, earned $7 billion last year, and is a leading producer of fiber-optic cable. In conjunction with its sesquicentennial celebration this summer, the firm commissioned this corporate history. Dyer and coauthor Daniel Gross focus on the family that led the company into the information age. Amory Houghton founded Corning and five generations of his clan served as chief executives from 1851 until 1996. The authors show how family connections and values put their imprint on Corning's character and culture. They also chronicle how the Houghtons came to specialize in both the art and science of glassmaking. With each chapter covering a successive generation, they tell Corning's story chronologically, and trace the generational pattern of organizational change as the company consistently developed new products and formed new partnerships. David Rouse
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A McPheeters on April 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I approached the Generations of Corning with the same trepidation I approach most "business" books, only to be pleasantly surprised by the attention to detail, the historical perspective and the technical accuracy the book offers. A great history of the Houghton family and their beginnings in and around the Chemung Valley (Corning, NY) area and their strengths in the glassmaking / R&D community coupled with detailed business / labor / process information makes this an excellent corporate biography. Particularly the detailed explanation of partnerships that led to Owens-Corning, Dow-Corning, Ciba-Corning and Siecor will be of interest to business builders. Additionally the very detailed technical info on the evolution of manufacturing and marketing of dark fiber (my personal interest when purchasing the book) proves to be just enough without being so technical as to alienate the average reader.
I would recommend this book for those reasons, great business evolution info, just enough history to validate it and enough detail in current technical areas to make it timely to the fiberoptic community.
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I rated the book highly because of its readability; and its comprehensive and honest explanation of the happenings @ Corning.
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