A Business and Its Beliefs: The Ideas That Helped Build IBM by Thomas J. Watson Jr.

By Thomas J. Watson Jr.

The undying enterprise publication that also brings viewpoint and information to state-of-the-art bottom-line executivesWhen first released in 1963, IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr.'s A company and Its ideals gave readers an unparalleled glance inside of IBM's government workplaces. Watson-son of IBM's founder- candidly mentioned how the corporate clung to its values through the first nice technological shift, and the way this refusal to compromise grew to become IBM's power. He additionally turned one of many first CEOs to query business's position and accountability in society, and overtly talk about how organisations may possibly meet increasing social expectancies whereas nonetheless turning a profit.The groundbreaking rules during this ebook nonetheless resonate with contemporary managers. This newly released version reintroduces Watson's rules to a brand new new release of decision-makers looking for IBM-style criteria for his or her personal companies. A to-the-point exam of the values and ideology that equipped and sustained IBM, its message is as invaluable this present day because it used to be 4 a long time back-and will once more strike a powerful chord with executives in all places.

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Only 14 per cent of the total United States work force is employed by the top 500 industrial corporations. Some provisions should be made to give all some fair measure of protection. The manager of a large organization may have done a fine job in demonstrating what he can do for his people. But let him go one step beyond this and recognize that people who are not working for large organizations—or those who are not working at all—may have even greater need for partial assistance with some of their problems than his employees do.

The important thing in a situation like this is to solve the problem and to solve it by the best means, even if this does call for some change in tradition. On the question of national health problems, again we've got to think in terms of solutions rather than in terms of the dangers some may see in present propositions. We can't simply say that inadequate medical care is the price people must pay if they are incapable of earning enough to provide for themselves. Closer to home for the businessman are the complex and interconnected problems of unemployment, automation, and expanding population.

One can quarrel with the statistics, but all that does is to change the total. What's left is still intolerable for a country like ours. We can't hide the problem by doubting the statistics any more than we can say it doesn't exist because our wives cannot hire maids. It is with us and it has been with us for too many years. We've got to find some better solution to it, through business as well as government action. In fairness to the businessman, it should be stated that during the last twenty years he has been remarkably attentive to the needs of his employees.

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