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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Sonia marked it as to-read Sep 18, The last sections of the book describe the Shell’s people development program, which is not unlike the military program of moving people to different responsibilities throughout the company, rather than keeping them focused on one area of the business. Michael rated it liked it Dec 19, Mahesh marked it as to-read Jun 22, Only those steeped in the habits of a living company will survive.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.


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In “The Living Company”, he maintains that the most enduring companies treat their enterprises as ‘living work communities’ rather than purely economic machines. The idea is to develop people who are adaptable and capable of handling new circumstances, while also indoctrinating them in the Shell culture.

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