Why Companies Fail: The 10 Big Reasons Businesses Crumble, and How to Keep Yours Strong and Solid

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At the height of the global bull market a few years ago, business giant Kmart stumbled, going from one of the most admired companies to one of the largest bankruptcies in history. The same fate befell several seemingly impenetrable corporation, such as Enron, WorldCom, Polaroid, and others. Were these fantastic failures caused by a fickle stock market and a turbulent economy? Did they fall victim to the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s?

Not according to business journalist Mark Ingebretsen in Why Companies Fail. As you'll discover in this groundbreaking book, all of these companies exhibited one or more of the ten characteristics of a doomed company—characteristics that have been shared by failed companies for decades. Kmart, Enron, WorldCom, and other corporations might have been saved if their executives had recognized sooner that their companies were exhibiting one or more of these characteristics. Ingebretsen, with the help of some of the world's most noted business management experts from the Turnaround Management Association, describes in startling detail each of the ten big reasons companies fail, including:

· Letting stock price dictate strategy
· Ignoring customers
· Fighting wars of attrition
· Innovating too much or too little
· And more

Inside these pages, you'll discover practical methods for identifying these fatal characteristics in your own organization and preventing them from leading to failure. No matter what the size of your company, the lessons in Why Companies Fail could be the difference between long-lasting success and sudden flameout. And before any company can go from good to great, it's got to be on the right track in the first place. This valuable guide will show you how.

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About the Author:

Mark Ingebretsen pens the "The Daily Scan" column for the Wall Street Journal Online.

From Publishers Weekly:

WorldCom, Arthur Andersen, HealthSouth-why do companies fail? Ingebretsen offers 10 chapters with 10 reasons, from "growing too fast" to "greed and arrogance," in a volume that reads like the business page headlines of the past two years. Recent corporate troubles exemplify the perils of ignoring Ingebretsen's maxims (e.g., AOL's sin of failing to understand that DSL, not cable, was the medium of the future, and Kmart's error in not addressing the rise of Target and WalMart). Ingebretsen's post-mortems are well-written and often incisive, but everyone has 20/20 hindsight-the trick is to spot failures before they occur. TheStreet.com columnist could have taken a different, and more useful, tack by picking companies that had tood the test of time and identifying the 10 factors that led to such longevity. Showing how firms could have avoided-or, more realistically, weathered-a crisis is of more benefit to managers than a laundry list of cautionary tales. Ingebretsen does give a few sections that address successful crisis management, such as Johnson & Johnson's treatment of the Tylenol-cyanide debacle, and NASDAQ's handling of improper profit charges. His audience, however, is the CEO of a large corporation, not the small business owner (who has quite real, but different difficulties staying afloat) or the line worker in a small company, who may recognize a problem, but whose opinion is less likely to count.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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