Sunday, September 24, 2006

My years with General Motors - Alfred Sloan

Bill Gates had paid his tribute to Alfred Sloan by saying the following: "If you read only one book about management, let it be Alfred Sloans My years with General Motors". After finishing reading the book I must say that I whole heartedly agree with Bill Gates.

It is a must read for anyone who is running or plans to run a business, whether it is a million dollar business or a billion dollar business. In this book Sloan has shared his thoughts and ideas on many intricate details of what were the broad policies and processes that he used at General Motors to make it the number one organization in the Automobile Industry. We not only learn about management and organisation, but also a lot about the evolution of the Automobile industry. The credibility of the book and Mr Sloans thoughts and ideas stem from the fact that he used these thoughts and ideas from 1920 to 1946 at General Motors when he was the CEO of the organisation and he was instrumental in making it one of the most successful organizations in the history of the Automobile Industry.

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Ian Watson said...

Sloan certainly "wrote the book" on strategy development in the large organisation. I've commented on how Sloan's approach is only one approach to making strategy - others not only exist but may co-exist within a single organisation. More information may be found at http://hypotheticorp.org/wp/essays/blood/