Arie de Geus, a former executive at the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, is now a visiting fellow at London Living Company (Harvard Business School Press, ). Arie de Geus has been a Visiting Fellow at London Business School and “The Living Company: Habits for Survival in a Turbulent Business Environment”. The average Fortune Company today can expect to enjoy a run of takes from the book of Arie De Geus “The Living Company “ Habits.

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Books by Arie De Geus. Clay Pearson rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Interesting book, and an interesting school of thought. No tue or quizzes yet. One of the best concepts is that of knowledge ecology, which has gotten a lot of play after this book was published.

This book starts with the central question, “Are companies alive? Nitin Singh rated it really liked it May 15, Marcus rated it really liked it Dec 29, Explores the theme of organizational learning. Kenneth Mikkelsen rated it it was amazing Dec 03, Cheryl Babcock rated it liked it Jan 16, When the usual lifespan of a company is I was not sure I would like the contents.


The Living Company: Growth, Learning and Longevity in Business

The living company is more likely to handle change well and adapt, since it is run and cared for with ecology in mind. Arie de Geus challenges most of the conventional wisdom in management thinking today’ – Dr. Nathan rated it really liked it Oct 14, Arie de Geus has been a Visiting Fellow at London Business School and adviser to many governments and private institutions.

His Harvard Business Review article, “Planning as Learning”, established him as a leading expert in organisational learning.

The Living Company by Arie De Geus

Throughout the book, de Geus describes two extremes of company organization in a variety of ways: Natasja marked it as to-read Jul 12, Vidya marked it as to-read Sep 10, Andrew Braye marked it as to-read Sep 24, Paul Ccompany rated it it was amazing Dec 15, Sep 23, Meredith Cade-Westcombe rated it really liked it.

You take steps, one at a time, into an unknowable future” p.

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The Living Company

Mar 26, Emily Leathers rated it it was th Recommended to Emily by: Best quotes, “Space must be created for people to experiment and take risks. About Arie De Geus.

Home Thinking Publications Articles Talks. Lights too bright out on the playing field?! Named one of the ten best business books. It won’t tell you how to run your dr or lead your team, but Mr.

Some stellar thw on how great, long-lived companies are different from the ‘standard’ economic company. Cheryl Babcock rated it liked it Jan 16, Abstract What can explain the longevity gap between a company that survives for centuries—the Swedish company Stora, for example, which is more than years old—and the average corporation, which does not last 20 years? As companyy former head of strategic planning for Royal Dutch Shell, de Geus knows that the answer is people more than financial assets.

This book had intrigued me by the name.