Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company

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One hundred years ago, the company that would become IBM took its first steps into an unknown future. In Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company, journalists Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm and Jeffrey M. O?Brien tell a story of progress that illuminates, and transcends, the rich history of a single enterprise.

Through extensive research, they explore IBM?s impact on technology, on the evolving role of the modern corporation and on the way our world ...

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Overview

One hundred years ago, the company that would become IBM took its first steps into an unknown future. In Making the World Work Better: The Ideas That Shaped a Century and a Company, journalists Kevin Maney, Steve Hamm and Jeffrey M. O’Brien tell a story of progress that illuminates, and transcends, the rich history of a single enterprise.

Through extensive research, they explore IBM’s impact on technology, on the evolving role of the modern corporation and on the way our world literally works. Most intriguingly, they uncover a set of compelling ideas whose greatest impact may lie not in the previous century, but in the next one—ideas with the power to shape a surprising future, and to change the way we think.

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Editorial Reviews

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“IBM doesn’t just THINK, it thinks big. The story of these big ideas illustrates how 100 years of innovation have shaped the way we live and work today.”

--Kenneth Chenault, Chairman and CEO, American Express

“Making the World Work Better convincingly documents IBM’s enormous impact on business and the world. Its history provides vital lessons for organizations of all sizes, and IBM’s future promises to continue to innovate the way we work, and even think.”

--Henry Chesbrough, Executive Director, Center for Open Innovation, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

"The history of every great, enduring company includes a triumphant struggle to remain relevant in the marketplace without abandoning a core purpose and values. At 100, IBM is one of a handful of organizations with so much to teach us about this unique journey."

--Howard Schultz, Chairman, President and CEO, Starbucks

"Innovation, resilience, and great leadership are the key ingredients of the IBM story. Making the World Work Better tells that story exceptionally well. Ultimately, it reveals that IBM is not simply a technology company; it is a company of ideas and the future those ideas have created."

--John Hollar, President and CEO, Computer History Museum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132755108
  • Publisher: IBM Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Maney is the author of three critically-acclaimed books and was a reporter, editor and columnist at USA Today for 22 years and a contributing editor at Conde Nast Portfolio. He has also been a contributor to Fortune, Wired, The Atlantic, NPR, ABC News and other outlets.

Steve Hamm is a writer and videographer in IBM's corporate communications department. Previously, he was a journalist for 30 years, most recently at Business Week, where he was a senior writer in the technology section. As a journalist, he covered the computer industry for 20 years, first in Silicon Valley and then in New York.

Jeffrey M. O'Brien was a senior editor at Fortune from 2006-2009 and a senior editor at Wired from 1999-2006. He is the recipient of several journalism awards and his work as a writer and editor has appeared in The Best of Technology Writing 2005, 2006 & 2007, The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2005 & 2006, and The Best American Science Writing 2006.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Of Change and Progress

Chapter 1 Pioneering the Science of Information

Chapter 2 Reinventing the Modern Corporation

Chapter 3 Making the World Work Better

Acknowledgements

About the Authors

Endnotes

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Fascinating!

    When I got this book in my mailbox, I expected to read the typical IBM marketing blah blah. I was pleasantly surprised that the book was well written. Technology history was presented in a concise, interesting way that kept me turning the pages! I am an avid book reader and have read similar genres such as The History of Salt, The Brother Gardeners, the Poisoners Handbook, to name a few. This book rivals any one of those - and in my opinion, is even better. Definitely recommended! I wish i came in hardbound copy - this is for keeps!

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