For those feeling storm-tossed by today’s
economy, Don Sull believes there’s much to learn
from Carnival Cruise Lines, a company that
discovered that turbulence often has an upside.
"General Motors' legacy as an automotive juggernaut may be in doubt; but there is no question that one of GM's early leaders, Alfred P. Sloan, has left an enduring mark on management science - and London Business School.
Here is a tricky question: How many living management gurus can you name who did not learn their trade in North America? I have asked many colleagues this question, and it’s pretty hard to come up with a good list. For example, consider the individuals in last year’s “Thinkers 50” ranking list. Most of the obvious non-American names such as Mohammed Yunus, Ratan Tata, and Manfred Kets de Vries actually studied in the US, so they don’t count. By my reckoning, there are only seven who make the cut: Richard Branson (Virgin), Kris Gopalakrishnan (Infosys), Kjell Nordstrom and Jonas Ridderstrale (Stockholm School of Economics), Lynda Gratton, Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones (London Business School). Does this matter? I think it does.
Some companies are boosting their computing power to massive scales. Should your company? That depends on whether your company’s needs are blueshifting or redshifting.
Some argue that entrepreneurs can only thrive outside of large organisations. Russell King, executive vice president of Anglo American – a £29 billion company with 195,000 employees – says that a global corporation can have an entrepreneurial culture.