Counting What Counts: Turning Corporate Accountability to Competitive Advantage

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Soul Food retells with candor the singular stories of fifty-two real entrepreneurs and it presents the practical ideas and principles culled from each. These are wisdom-filled snapshots detailing the lessons and triumphs of African American business builders. Soul Food fills a gap in the small business literature and presents the challenges and solutions that are of immediate significance to this large community of entrepreneurs. Written by a nationally recognized business consultant and speaker, this book covers...

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Overview

Soul Food retells with candor the singular stories of fifty-two real entrepreneurs and it presents the practical ideas and principles culled from each. These are wisdom-filled snapshots detailing the lessons and triumphs of African American business builders. Soul Food fills a gap in the small business literature and presents the challenges and solutions that are of immediate significance to this large community of entrepreneurs. Written by a nationally recognized business consultant and speaker, this book covers all of the pathways to business success, but from a uniquely African American perspective.

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Mulcahy
A comprehensive and practical approach for turning corporate accountability into a competitive asset.

Drawing from the collective experience of twenty-five years of research, writing, and teaching in the field, Epstein and Birchard present a new approach to managing corporate accountability, as a function of four essential and interlocking drivers: governance, performance measurement, control systems, and reporting. They identify where and how companies fail in meeting requirements of these four cornerstones, and then build a powerful framework for managers at all levels to improve decision making, clarify and communicate strategy, accelerate feedback and learning, and secure stakeholder loyalty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738203133
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Wallace, author of Black Wealth through Black Entrepreneurship, is a nationally known speaker who presents lectures and workshops to small business owners around the country. He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post on the topic of minority entrepreneurship and economic empowerment. He has been profiled on ABC News, and interviewed on numerous radio and television programs. He lives in Columbia, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Promise of Accountability
Ch. 1 The Accountability Advantage 3
Pt. II The Search for Wisdom
Ch. 2 Facing the Crisis 25
Ch. 3 Calling for Governance 50
Ch. 4 Inventing New Measures 73
Ch. 5 Managing the System 99
Ch. 6 Lifting the Veil 115
Pt. III The New Order of Accountability
Ch. 7 The Accountability Cycle 143
Ch. 8 Financials Revisited 168
Ch. 9 Beyond Financials 190
Ch. 10 A Social Accounting 216
Pt. IV Opportunity Beyond Crisis
Ch. 11 The Accountable Manager 245
Notes 255
Selected Bibliography 281
Index 299
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