Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

by Lawrence A. Cunningham

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Overview

A profile of Berkshire Hathaway, the keys to its success, and how it can survive beyond its iconic chairman and CEO, Warren Buffett.

In a comprehensive portrait of the corporate culture that unites Berkshire’s subsidiaries, Lawrence Cunningham unearths the traits that assure the conglomerate's perpetual prosperity. Riveting stories of each subsidiary’s origins, triumphs, and journey to Berkshire reveal how managers generate economic value from intangibles like thrift, integrity, entrepreneurship, autonomy, and a sense of permanence.

Berkshire Beyond Buffett explores not only what will happen to Berkshire after Buffett, but presents all of Berkshire behind Buffett, the inspiring managerial luminaries, innovative entrepreneurs, and devotees of deep values that define this esteemed organization.

Whether or not you are convinced that Berkshire can endure without Buffett, the book is full of management lessons for small and large businesses, entrepreneurs, family firms, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Enjoy entertaining tales from Berkshire’s 50 main subsidiaries, including Dairy Queen, GEICO, Benjamin Moore, Fruit of the Loom, BNSF, Justin, Pampered Chef, Marmon, Clayton Homes, FlightSafety, and more.

“An invaluable read for entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, managers and anyone wanting to learn more about corporate stewardship.”—The Economist

“How did Warren Buffett build such a great firm as Berkshire Hathaway? To unravel this mystery, Lawrence Cunningham takes a deep dive inside the cultures of Berkshire's subsidiaries, highlighting the value of integrity, kinship, and autonomy—and revealing how building moats around the castles may help the firm outlast its visionary founder.”—Adam Grant, Wharton professor and author of Give and Take

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231538695
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Series: Columbia Business School Publishing
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 334
Sales rank: 1,036,033
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lawrence A. Cunningham, editor and publisher since 1997 of The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, is the Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor at George Washington University. Cunningham's dozen books include The AIG Story (with Maurice R. Greenberg) and How to Think Like Benjamin Graham and Invest Like Warren Buffett. His extensive writings on a wide range of business and legal topics appear in leading university journals as well as in such periodicals as the Baltimore Sun, the Financial Times, the New York Post, and the New York Times. He lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters.
Lawrence A. Cunningham is the Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law at George Washington University. He is the author of many corporate governance and investing books, including Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values (Columbia University Press, 2014).

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part One
1. Origins
2. Diversity
3. Culture
Part Two
4. Budget-conscious and Earnest
5. Reputation
6. Kinship
7. Self-starters
8. Hands-off
9. Investor Savvy
10. Rudimentary
11. Eternal
12. All One
13. Berkshire's Portfolio
Part Three
14. Succession
15. Challenges
16. B.E.R.K.S.H.I.R.E.
Epilogue
Appendix
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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