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A Business and Its Beliefs: The Ideas That Helped Build IBM by Thomas J. Watson Jr.

By Thomas J. Watson Jr.

The undying company e-book that also brings standpoint and information to modern-day bottom-line executivesWhen first released in 1963, IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr.'s A company and Its ideals gave readers an exceptional glance inside of IBM's govt workplaces. Watson-son of IBM's founder- candidly mentioned how the corporate clung to its values throughout the first nice technological shift, and the way this refusal to compromise grew to become IBM's energy. He additionally turned one of many first CEOs to query business's position and accountability in society, and overtly speak about how corporations might meet increasing social expectancies whereas nonetheless turning a profit.The groundbreaking principles during this ebook nonetheless resonate with ultra-modern managers. This newly released version reintroduces Watson's rules to a brand new new release of decision-makers looking for IBM-style criteria for his or her personal enterprises. A to-the-point exam of the values and ideology that outfitted and sustained IBM, its message is as useful this present day because it was once 4 a long time back-and will once more strike a convincing chord with executives far and wide.

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We can't simply say that inadequate medical care is the price people must pay if they are incapable of earning enough to provide for themselves. Closer to home for the businessman are the complex and interconnected problems of unemployment, automation, and expanding population. Here the businessman plays a direct part in the problem as well as its solution. One of the great contradictions in our affluent society is unemployment. One can quarrel with the statistics, but all that does is to change the total.

There is a place for the liberals who will press for faster progress just as there is a place for the conservatives who will hold for caution.

I think we can render to our stockholders that which is theirs and at the same time do what we think is best for the country without bringing the two into head-on conflict. This does not mean that we're all going to find a middle ground where we shall live with one another happily ever after. Even in a middle ground there is a wide range of choice between what we regard as the 30 Chapter 7: New Problems, New Approaches Chapter 7: New Problems, New Approaches 31 preservation of self-interest and a genuine concern for the national well-being.

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