The Change Makers: From Carnegie to Gates, How the Great Entrepreneurs Transformed Ideas into Industries

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?Conjures insights into the history and character of those who keep our economy vital and growing. Illuminating.? ?Warren Bennis

Entrepreneurs, even more than inventors, are essential to American business. While inventors produce ideas, entrepreneurs get things done, build the markets, make ideas reality. But what creative talents do the legendary American entrepreneurs share, and what can you learn from them about business success?

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Overview

“Conjures insights into the history and character of those who keep our economy vital and growing. Illuminating.” —Warren Bennis

Entrepreneurs, even more than inventors, are essential to American business. While inventors produce ideas, entrepreneurs get things done, build the markets, make ideas reality. But what creative talents do the legendary American entrepreneurs share, and what can you learn from them about business success?

Using lively character sketches and company stories, University of Rhode Island professor Maury Klein analyzes how innovators from Andrew Carnegie to Bill Gates triumphed over perennial challenges in planning and strategy, production, operations, staffing, and sales—and transformed entire industries. Comparing the retailing acumen of J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart’s Sam Walton, the organizational ingenuity of Standard Oil’s John D. Rockefeller and Intel’s Robert Noyce, the imaginative marketing of General Motors’ Alfred Sloan and McDonald’s Ray Kroc, Klein reveals the art and archetype of launching an enterprise.

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“A luminescent portrait of the most celebrated company creators . . . From Klein’s discerning analysis of their ingenious ways comes a compelling road map for entrepreneurs.” —Michael Useem, author of The Leadership Moment
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805075182
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

A professor at the University of Rhode Island, Maury Klein is one of today’s most acclaimed business historians. He is the author of twelve books, including Rainbow’s End and The Life and Legend of Jay Gould, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Prologue: Say Good-bye to the Robber Barons 1
1 The Enigma of Creativity 19
2 Portrait of the Entrepreneur as a Young Man 45
3 The Entrepreneurs and Their Visions 63
4 The Talents of the Great Entrepreneurs 97
5 The Entrepreneurs at Work 123
6 Follies and Foibles 151
7 All in the Family 175
8 The Law and the Higher Law 213
9 The Entrepreneurs Off Duty 239
Epilogue: Profiling the Great Entrepreneur 267
Notes 273
Bibliography 299
Acknowledgments 305
Index 307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    A Good Read For Those In High School Economics

    If your economics teacher requires you to read a book for his/her class, I would suggest finding this one. It is not an easy read, but is very interesting. It tells you about the lives of many of our entrepreneurs that shaped the industries that are still alive in the United States and the World today. This book covers everything from how ruthless they were to how their family life was as a child and later on in life as an adult. You hear about how many of the entrepreneurs had a brother or other close family member as a top executive in their companies. This book is hard to explain because of the way it jumps from life to life, but is a great history lesson.

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