Why Some Firms Thrive While Others Fail: Governance and Management Lessons from the Crisis

Why Some Firms Thrive While Others Fail: Governance and Management Lessons from the Crisis

by Thomas H. Stanton
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Why Some Firms Thrive While Others Fail: Governance and Management Lessons from the Crisis by Thomas H. Stanton

The financial crisis revealed fundamental shortcomings in both public and private American institutions. While the firms that were successful each found their own way to weather the crisis, unsuccessful firms were remarkably alike in their inability to cope and in the mistakes they made.

Combing through the wreckage, Thomas H. Stanton examines which financial firms survived the crisis and which ones failed. He analyzes how differences in governance, organization, and management between these firms led to their success or failure, and how government supervision and regulation failed to prevent the crisis. Based on interviews that the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission conducted with CEOs, risk officers, traders, and others at major financial firms, Stanton systematically outlines how successful firms, like JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, and others used a multitude of approaches to distinguish themselves in operational competence and intelligent discipline, while unsuccessful firms, like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Countrywide, and others uniformly failed to prepare for possible low-probability, high-impact events. Stanton concludes by issuing a call for strengthening organizational design, governance, and risk management, by identifying clear attributes that distinguish successful firms from the others.

Why Some Firms Thrive While Others Fail is an invaluable resource for company officials and policymakers on the development of a risk-sensitive, more-successful culture. It also provides an essential foundation on culture and governance for students of business and public policy, practitioners within the public and private financial institutions at the center of the recent financial crisis, and those at risk of playing roles in possible future crises.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199915996
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/05/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Thomas H. Stanton is a fellow of the Center for the Study of American Government at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of A State of Risk: Will Government Sponsored Enterprises be the Next Financial Crisis? and Making Government Manageable: Executive Organization and Management in the Twenty-First Century.

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NathanIves More than 1 year ago
Why Some Firms Thrive While Others Fail by Thomas Stanton examines the fundamental shortcomings of both public and private financial sector companies as revealed during America’s ‘Great Recession.’ Thomas focuses on the areas of management, organization, and governance; contrasting the shortcomings of companies that failed with the sound practices of comparable organizations fairing well during the economic downturn. Thomas concludes his book by relating the financial sector’s lessons learned to businesses within other industries that have faced similarly significant challenges. The result is the revelation of sound risk management practices that can help ensure companies in any industry are prepared to recognize and effectively deal with crisis situations. I like Why Some Firms Thrive While Others Fail for its insightful examination of why some companies respond well to crisis while others simply fail. Thomas provides insight not only to the direct management, organization, and governance issues hindering crisis recognition and response but the far more elusive combinations of attributes from these three areas that stymie if not paralyze an organization. By applying the best practices presented, organization leaders can better position their organization to recognize the onset of significant challenges – key to effectively dealing with any crisis – and react in a timely manner so to prevent a catastrophic outcome. I particularly appreciated Thomas’s extension of his book’s principles to other industries including: - Petroleum industry - Mining industry - Natural gas distribution industry - Hospital / Medical industry - Government This extension makes the book relevant to leaders of any organizational type. I have written extensively on the topic of crisis management. I found Thomas’s principles to be highly consistent with and expounding to the crisis management best practices I endorse; making Why Some Firms Thrive While Others Fail a StrategyDriven recommended read. All the Best, Nathan Ives StrategyDriven Principal