All library locations are closed beginning at 6 PM Wednesday, Nov 27, and reopen for normal hours on Saturday, Nov 30. Happy Thanksgiving!

Why most things fail: evolution, extinction and economics

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Description
With the same originality and astuteness that marked his widely praised Butterfly Economics , Paul Ormerod now examines the "Iron Law of Failure" as it applies to business and government-and explains what can be done about it. "Failure is all around us," asserts Ormerod. For every General Electric-still going strong after more than one hundred years-there are dozens of businesses like Central Leather, which was one of the world's largest companies in 1912 but was liquidated in 1952. Ormerod debunks conventional economic theory-that the world economy ticks along in perfect equilibrium according to the best-laid plans of business and government-and delves into the reasons for the failure of brands, entire companies, and public policies. Inspired by recent advances in evolutionary theory and biology, Ormerod illuminates the ways in which companies and policy-setting sectors of government behave much like living organisms: unless they evolve, they die. But he also makes clear how desirable social and economic outcomes may be achieved when individuals, companies and governments adapt in response to the actual behavior and requirements of their customers and constituents. Why Most Things Fail is a fascinating and provocative study of a truth all too seldom acknowledged.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780375424052
9780307430236
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 4ec3d23a-ae62-2dae-249f-8ab0eff5ee00
Grouping Title why most things fail evolution extinction and economics
Grouping Author ormerod paul
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-11-18 22:44:52PM
Last Indexed 2019-11-17 23:43:37PM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Ormerod, Paul.
author_display Ormerod, Paul
available_at_catalog Main Kids
Main Library
collection_catalog Non-Fiction
detailed_location_catalog Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction
display_description

With the same originality and astuteness that marked his widely praised Butterfly Economics, Paul Ormerod now examines the "Iron Law of Failure" as it applies to business and government--and explains what can be done about it.

"Failure is all around us," asserts Ormerod. For every General Electric--still going strong after more than one hundred years--there are dozens of businesses like Central Leather, which was one of the world's largest companies in 1912 but was liquidated in 1952. Ormerod debunks conventional economic theory--that the world economy ticks along in perfect equilibrium according to the best-laid plans of business and government--and delves into the reasons for the failure of brands, entire companies, and public policies. Inspired by recent advances in evolutionary theory and biology, Ormerod illuminates the ways in which companies and policy-setting sectors of government behave much like living organisms: unless they evolve, they die. But he also makes clear how desirable social and economic outcomes may be achieved when individuals, companies and governments adapt in response to the actual behavior and requirements of their customers and constituents.

Why Most Things Fail is a fascinating and provocative study of a truth all too seldom acknowledged.

From the Hardcover edition.

format_catalog Book
eBook
format_category_catalog Books
eBook
id 4ec3d23a-ae62-2dae-249f-8ab0eff5ee00
isbn 9780307430236
9780375424052
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:CARL0000277706 35192035246416 Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction 330.1 O73w 1 false false On Shelf MN
overdrive:54299a81-3406-4f24-ae6c-4c735577f5ce -1 Online OverDrive Collection Online OverDrive eBook eBook 1 false true OverDrive Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read Available Online
itype_catalog
Book
last_indexed 2019-11-18T05:43:37.855Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog 330.1 O73w
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Main Kids
Main Library
primary_isbn 9780375424052
publishDate 2005
2007
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:CARL0000277706 Book Books 1st American ed. English Pantheon Books, c2005. xi, 255 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
overdrive:54299a81-3406-4f24-ae6c-4c735577f5ce eBook eBook English Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2007
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:CARL0000277706 35192035246416 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true
overdrive:54299a81-3406-4f24-ae6c-4c735577f5ce -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
subject_facet Business failures
Evolution (Biology)
Extinction (Biology)
title_display Why most things fail : evolution, extinction and economics
title_full Why Most Things Fail Evolution, Extinction and Economics
Why most things fail : evolution, extinction and economics / Paul Ormerod
title_short Why most things fail :
title_sub evolution, extinction and economics
topic_facet Business
Business failures
Evolution (Biology)
Extinction (Biology)
Nonfiction