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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It won’t tell you how to run your company or lead your team, but Mr.

Throughout the book, de Geus describes two extremes of company organization in a variety of ways: A case is made compay a public debate on corporate governance and the reallocation of power in a company.

Adaptation comes with a price when your company answers to wall street and your a player on someone else’s field. The mechanical company is the one run as if it were a predicable machine and the one which is unlikely to survive major changes in its environment. You take steps, one at a time, into an unknowable future” p.

The idea is to develop people who are adaptable and capable of handling new circumstances, while also indoctrinating them in the Shell culture. Medias this blog was made to help people to easily download or read PDF files. Mar 26, Emily Leathers rated it it was amazing Recommended to Emily by: Nov 08, Denis Romanovsky rated it it was amazing. Lists with This Book. Venugopal R marked it as to-read Jun 08, What can explain the longevity gap between a company that survives compqny centuries—the Swedish company Stora, for example, which is more than years old—and arje average corporation, which does not last 20 years?


Thanks for telling us about the problem. J Diego Bestani rated it really liked it Nov 27, Paul Zonneveld rated it it was amazing Dec 15, Eug marked it as to-read Aug 26, Gideon Rosenblatt rated it liked it Jan 11, One of the best concepts is that aeie knowledge ecology, which has gotten a lot of play after this book was published.

Sonia marked it as to-read Sep 18, Interesting book, and an interesting school of thought. A case is made for a public debate on corporate governance and the reallocation of power in a company. Gustavo Fernandes rated it it was amazing May 27, Thanks for telling us companu the problem.

The Living Company by Arie De Geus

John rated it really liked it Dec 28, It’s easier to abandon that train of thought for the puddle, money-driven companies but the river companies that have stood the test of time and respond to their environment by adapting to survive, much as a living organism, are a different case. Dalia Younan marked it as to-read Jul 31, May 24, Nick Russo rated it liked it.


Explores the theme of organizational learning. Arie de Geus challenges most of the conventional wisdom in management thinking today’ – Dr.

From the remarkable stories of companies like the year-old Stora, de Geus has distilled the essential elements of the long-lived company, and persuasively outlines his prescription for organisational longevity. Explores the theme of organizational learning. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Home Livng Publications Articles Talks.

The Living Company: Growth, Learning and Longevity in Business

Omar Bakri rated it really liked it May 02, Kristian Bysheim rated it really liked it Mar 31, Wegman rated it really liked geuss Aug 02, Srinivas marked it as to-read Nov 26, If this is true, then companies must be managed to encourage this growth and adaptability. Ashok rated it really liked it May 01, Jul 31, Keoni Sanny rated it really liked it. Lights too bright out on the playing field?! This book had intrigued me by the name.