The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business

The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business

by Duff McDonald

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Overview

The story of McKinsey&Co., America’s most influential and controversial business consulting firm, “an up-to-date, full-blown history, told with wit and clarity” (The Wall Street Journal).

If you want to be taken seriously, you hire McKinsey&Company. Founded in 1926, McKinsey can lay claim to the following partial list of accomplishments: its consultants have ushered in waves of structural, financial, and technological change to the nation’s best organizations; they remapped the power structure within the White House; they even revo­lutionized business schools. In The New York Times bestseller The Firm, star financial journalist Duff McDonald shows just how, in becoming an indispensable part of decision making at the highest levels, McKinsey has done nothing less than set the course of American capitalism.

But he also answers the question that’s on the mind of anyone who has ever heard the word McKinsey: Are they worth it? After all, just as McKinsey can be shown to have helped invent most of the tools of modern management, the company was also involved with a number of striking failures. Its consultants were on the scene when General Motors drove itself into the ground, and they were K-Mart’s advisers when the retailer tumbled into disarray. They played a critical role in building the bomb known as Enron.

McDonald is one of the few journalists to have not only parsed the record but also penetrated the culture of McKinsey itself. His access puts him in a unique position to demonstrate when it is worth hiring these gurus—and when they’re full of smoke.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439190999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 776,430
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A contributing editor at The New York Observer, Duff McDonald has also written for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, New York magazine, Fortune, and Esquire, among other publications.

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The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this as a sample-- and it is a generous sample in number of pages.  I was sold and bought the book  Interesting read !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!!