The Generations of Corning: The Life and Times of a Global Corporation

The Generations of Corning: The Life and Times of a Global Corporation

by Davis Dyer, Daniel Gross
     
 

This engrossing history of an extraordinary company, Corning Incorporated, chronicles how one of the oldest business enterprises in the world maintained its place as a global leader in technology for over 150 years. In the nineteenth century, Corning developed colored signal lights for railroads. In the twentieth century, it created Pyrex and color television tubes

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This engrossing history of an extraordinary company, Corning Incorporated, chronicles how one of the oldest business enterprises in the world maintained its place as a global leader in technology for over 150 years. In the nineteenth century, Corning developed colored signal lights for railroads. In the twentieth century, it created Pyrex and color television tubes; today, it is a Fortune 500 company leading the international marketplace in areas such as fiber optics and photonics.
If you use the Internet, drive a car, or simply turn on a light, then Corning is a part of your life. The Generations of Corning tells the fascinating stories of its founding family—the Houghtons, the inventors, and the adventures, behind Corning's remarkable achievements—from unexpected discoveries, like the laboratory mishap that led to Corning Ware, to the years of painstaking, often frustrating, research that led to its breakthrough in fiber optics.
From 1851 to 1996, five generations of Houghtons made Corning a company that combined a culture of continuous innovation with a sense of loyalty to its employees and their community. Davis Dyer and Daniel Gross show how the critical changes in organization and leadership that accompanied each new generation helped Corning not just survive, but to prosper, and push itself to the cutting edge of materials technology in decade after decade. The Generations of Corning is a classic success story and a triumph of the inventive spirit.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195140958
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/21/2001
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Houghton Family Tree
List of Chairman and Presidents
Foreword
Preface
1Corning and Glass1
2Founding and Foundering, 1851-187519
3The Rise of Corning Glass Works, 1875-190851
4Pyrex, the Ribbon Machine, and a Wider World, 1908-192893
5Surviving and Thriving in the Depression Decade, 1928-1939131
6Corning Goes to War, 1939-1945173
7A Decade of Unbounded Opportunities, 1945-1954209
8Ambitious Expansion: TV Glass, Pyroceram, and Corning Ware, 1954-1960233
9Encountering Limits and Diversifying, 1960-1966259
10International Growth and the Roots of Fiber Optics, 1966-1971283
11Digging Out and Tough Economic Times, 1972-1975311
12Cutting Costs and Changing Direction, 1975-1983337
13Emphasizing Performance, Quality, and Diversity, 1983-1989369
14Refocusing and Reengineering, 1990-1996413
15Growing in the New Economy, 1996-435
Notes455
Index491

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