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  • Published: 1 November 2006
  • ISBN: 9781905211326
  • Imprint: Random House Business
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: $14.99
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Good to Great and the Social Sectors

A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great


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The author of the best-selling GOOD TO GREAT turns his attention to the problems of the social and public sectors – and suggests how to improve them.

'We must reject the idea – well-intentioned, but dead wrong – that the primary path to greatness in the social sectors is to become "more like a business".'
So begins this astonishingly blunt and timely manifesto by leading business thinker Jim Collins. Rejecting the belief, common among politicians, that all would be well in society if only the public sector operated more like the private sector, he sets out a radically new approach to creating successful hospitals, police forces, universities, charities, and other non-profit-making organisations. In the process he rejects many deep-rooted assumptions: that somehow it's possible to measure social bodies in purely financial terms; that they can be managed like traditional businesses; that they can be transformed simply by throwing money at them. Instead he argues for radical new attitudes and strategies, using the analytical approach and clear thinking that lie at the heart of GOOD TO GREAT.

  • Pub date: 1 November 2006
  • ISBN: 9781905211326
  • Imprint: Random House Business
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Jim Collins

Jim Collins is a student of companies - great ones, good ones, weak ones, failed ones - from young start-ups to venerable sesquicentenarians. The author of the national bestseller Good to Great and co-author of Built to Last, he serves as a teacher to leaders throughout the corporate and social sectors. His most recent book is Great by Choice, a look at why some companies thrive in uncertain times. His work has been featured in Fortune, Business Week, The Economist, USA Today, and Harvard Business Review. You can find more information about Jim and his work at his e-teaching site, www.jimcollins.com.

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