The Murdoch Method: Observations on Rupert Murdoch's Management of a Media Empire

The Murdoch Method: Observations on Rupert Murdoch's Management of a Media Empire

by Irwin Stelzer


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Following Murdoch’s journey from a small-town newspaperman to a globe-dominating media mogul, a clear-eyed examination of Rupert Murdoch’s business philosophies and management techniques, from a key advisor of thirty-five years.

After having worked closely with the legendary media titan for thirty-five years, Irwin Stelzer is uniquely positioned to evaluate Murdoch’s media empire through periods of rapid expansion and acquisitions, times of financial and regulatory stress, and political battles in Britain and America. Stelzer helped plan important company conclaves and assisted with Murdoch’s speeches, at least one of which was responsible for having News Corp barred by the Chinese regime from doing business in that country.

Here are the philosophies on how Rupert approaches and values deals, whether stalking the Wall Street Journal for decades before pouncing, or “over-paying” for everything from Fox Studios to NFL rights; how he copes with regulatory constraints; how he wins some and loses some, must notably MySpace. The Murdoch Method is the sum total of the management techniques that grew out of Rupert’s attitudes and conceptions, taking him from a struggling newspaper in an out-of-the-way town in Australia to running a globe-dominating media enterprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777924
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,119,844
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Irwin Stelzer, an award-winning columnist for The Sunday Times (London), is a regular commentator on business affairs for the BBC. He has held key positions at two of Washington’s leading think tanks, the Hudson Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, as well as at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He serves on the advisory board of The Weekly Standard, where he writes a weekly column. He and his wife, author Cita Stelzer, live in Aspen, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Timeline x


Rupert Murdoch: The Man, His Method and Me 1

1 The Corporate Culture 17

2 Power, Politics and the Murdoch Method 42

3 Deals 74

4 Economic Regulation 112

5 Crisis Management 134

6 Responsibility 161

7 Protecting His Assets 199

8 The Succession and the Pivot 217

Epilogue 237

Acknowledgements 245

Select Bibliography 248

Notes 250

Index 278

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