Chief Culture Officer: How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation

Chief Culture Officer: How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation

by Grant McCracken
     
 

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The American corporation--deaf and blind to the world around it--needs a new professional. It needs a Chief Culture Officer.

Grant McCracken, an anthropologist who now trains some of the world's biggest companies and consulting firms, argues that the CCO would keep a finger on the pulse of contemporary cultural trends while developing a systematic understanding

Overview


The American corporation--deaf and blind to the world around it--needs a new professional. It needs a Chief Culture Officer.

Grant McCracken, an anthropologist who now trains some of the world's biggest companies and consulting firms, argues that the CCO would keep a finger on the pulse of contemporary cultural trends while developing a systematic understanding of the deep waves of culture in America and the world. The CCO would be the corporation's eyes and ears, allowing it to detect coming changes, even when they exist only as the weakest of signals.

Trenchantly on point and bursting with insight and character, Chief Culture Officer is sure to expand your horizons--and your business.

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Publishers Weekly
McCracken (Flock and Flow), a research affiliate at Convergence Culture Consortium at MIT, argues that every company needs a chief cultural officer to anticipate cultural trends rather than passively waiting and reacting. CCOs should have the ability to process massive amounts of data and spot crucial developments among an array of possibilities; they will be able to see the future coming, no matter which industry they serve, and create value for shareholders, move product, create profit and increase the bottom line. McCracken provides an impressive list of individuals deeply connected and in tune with the zeitgeist including Steve Jobs, A.G. Lafley, Mary Minnick, Joss Whedon and Johnny Depp—who fought Disney in order to create a campy male lead in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie—as well as such corporations as Starbucks and Nike that have “refashioned culture.” McCracken’s case is persuasive, and his book, peppered with pop culture references and enlivened by his restlessly inquisitive nature (and ability to strike up conversation with just about anyone), makes for enlightening and entertaining reading. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465022045
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
304,078
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author


Grant McCracken is a Research Affiliate at C3 at MIT. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Chicago and was the founding director of the Institute of Contemporary Culture. He has written nine academic books, and his work has been covered by Oprah, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and BusinessWeek. He lives in Rowayton, Connecticut.

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