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Useem, Michael

Works: 96 works in 311 publications in 2 languages and 11,633 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Other
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Most widely held works by Michael Useem
The inner circle : large corporations and the rise of business political activity in the U.S. and U.K. by Michael Useem( )

24 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in English and held by 1,845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides a sophisticated and informative analysis of the 'inner circle' of top American executives who play a leading role in the international corporate network by promoting a political environment favourable to all business. This paperback edition is a reissue of the prizewinning hardback volume which appeared in 1984
Transforming organizations by Thomas A Kochan( )

14 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Some organizations are slow to change, and limited in scope when change does occur. Yet, without continuous and systematic organizational change, the competitiveness--even survival--of many organizations may be at risk." "This book examines how organizations can, and should, transform their structures and practices to compete in a world economy. Research results from a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with the experiences and insights of a select group of industry practitioners, are integrated into a model that stresses the need for systematic and transformative rather than piecemeal or incremental changes in organization practices and policy." "A team of scholars with expertise in the areas of corporate strategy, organizational behavior, human resource management, and the management of technology draw on research data collected from companies in the United States, Asia, and Europe to analyze current practices as well as to propose alternatives. This integration of research and experience results in an argument for a new organizational learning model--one capable of gaining advantage from employee diversity, cooperation across organizational boundaries, strategic restructuring, and advanced technology. The book begins with a foreword by Lester C. Thurow."--Jacket
The leadership moment : nine true stories of triumph and disaster and their lessons for us all by Michael Useem( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and Chinese and held by 860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of leadership in action focuses on nine real-life accounts of leaders who faced a moment of crisis and what they did to succeed or fail
Leadership dispatches : Chile's extraordinary comeback from disaster by Michael Useem( )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On February 27, 2010, Chile was rocked by a violent earthquake five hundred times more powerful than the one that hit Haiti just six weeks prior. The Chilean earthquake devastated schools, hospitals, roads, and homes, paralyzing the country for weeks and causing economic damage that was equal to 18 percent of Chile's GDP. This calamity hit just as an incumbent political regime was packing its bags and a new administration was preparing to take office. For most countries, it would have taken years, if not decades, to recover from such an event. Yet, only one year later, Chile's economy had reached a six percent annual growth rate. In Leadership Dispatches, Michael Useem, Howard Kunreuther, and Erwann Michel-Kerjan look at how the nation's leaders-in government, business, religion, academia, and beyond-facilitated Chile's recovery. They attribute Chile's remarkable comeback to a two-part formula consisting of strong national leadership on the one hand, and deeply rooted institutional practices on the other. Coupled with strategic, deliberative thinking, these levers enabled Chile to bounce back quickly and exceed its prior national performance. The authors make the case that the Chilean story contains lessons for a broad range of organizations and governments the world over. Large-scale catastrophes of many kinds-from technological meltdowns to disease pandemics-have been on the rise in recent years. Now is the time to seek ideas and guidance from other leaders who have triumphed in the wake of a disaster. In this vein, Leadership Dispatches is both a remarkable story of resilience and an instructive look at how those with the greatest responsibility for a country, company, or community should lead
Liberal education and the corporation : the hiring and advancement of college graduates by Michael Useem( Book )

9 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The interrelation of higher education and corporate management at a time when educational and industrial institutions are reassessing their basic strategies is discussed. The corporate career paths of college graduates are examined with a focus on the comparative advantages of liberal arts, business, and engineering degrees. The three primary sources of information are: a survey of major corporations, focusing on their policies and practices in hiring and promoting college graduates; a parallel survey of middle and senior managers of large companies emphasizing their career experiences and assessment of other managers of varying educational backgrounds; and a detailed examination of the experience of major corporations in the hiring and promotion of college graduates. Seven chapters are as follows: higher education and corporate careers; corporate recruitment of liberal arts graduates; what companies want in liberal arts graduates; liberal arts graduates in corporate careers; educational cultures in corporate management; strategies for educational and corporate change; and liberal education and a new generation of corporate leadership. Appended are a company survey form and a manager survey (interview schedule). Contains approximately 170 references. (Sm)
Leading up : how to lead your boss so you both win by Michael Useem( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on extraordinary examples of real people--from Civil War generals to Mount Everest mountaineers to CEOs--Useem shows what happens when those not in charge rise to the challenge, and what happens when those who should step forward fail to do so
Executive defense : shareholder power and corporate reorganization by Michael Useem( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A quiet revolution came to corporate America during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Large shareholders - pension funds, insurance companies, money managers, and commercial banks - exercised new-found muscle, pressuring senior managers to improve disappointing financial results by reshaping their organizations. Michael Useem reveals how those investor pressures have transformed the inside structures of many corporations, better aligning them with shareholder interests." "Useem draws on numerous sources, including interviews with senior managers and intensive studies of seven large corporations representing a range of restructuring experiences and industries - including pharmaceuticals, transportation, chemicals, retailing, and financial services. He shows that organizational changes have affected many areas of corporate life: headquarters staffs have been reduced, authority has filtered down to operating units, and compensation has become more closely tied to performance. Change also extends to corporate governance, where managers have fought back by seeking legal safeguards against takeovers and by staggering board terms. They've also put significant resources into building more effective relations with shareholders." "As Useem demonstrates, this revolution has reached beyond the corporation, influencing American politics and law. As increasing ownership concentration has caused companies to focus more attention on shareholders, corporate political agendas have shifted from fighting government regulation to resisting shareholder intrusion." "This book will be important reading for managers, economists, lawyers, financial analysts, and all observers of American business."--Jacket
Investor capitalism : how money managers are changing the face of corporate America by Michael Useem( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

So fund managers have adopted a new strategy - changing the corporation's policies from within - with dramatic results. Investor Capitalism documents the ensuing struggles among interested parties that have transformed the way in which business goes about its business. Michael Useem takes us inside the boardrooms and into the proxy battles to track the origins of this shift in corporate power and analyze what it has meant for corporations, shareholders, employees, and the American economy. His insights reveal a brave new world of business, which we ignore at our peril
Audience studies of the performing arts and museums : a critical review by Paul DiMaggio( )

9 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The education establishment by Elizabeth L Useem( Book )

7 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conscription, protest, and social conflict : the life and death of a draft resistance movement by Michael Useem( Book )

11 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boards that lead : when to take charge, when to partner, and when to stay out of the way by Ram Charan( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Call to Leadership. The role of the corporate board has changed. Today's smartest CEOs have used this to their benefit. But increased board control and involvement also has its downsides. This book, from three leading experts in the field, serves as a guide to help take advantage of board oversight while avoiding the pitfalls. Boardroom veterans Ram Charan, Dennis Carey, and Michael Useem have this to say to today's leaders: Chief executives must run the corporation, but directors must also lead the corporation on the most crucial issues. Monitoring and governance matters, but the time has come to rebalance the responsibilities of the board. Directors need to know when to take charge, when to partner, and when to get out of the way. Charan, Carey, and Useem describe this emerging trend and argue that its overall impact on business performance will be positive. They offer a new roadmap both to CEOs and directors so that senior executives can better balance board oversight with their day-to-day operations of the firm, and directors have a better understanding of when to lead, when to partner, and when to stay out of the way. Based on work with and study of board leaders and chief executives of Fortune 500 firms across the globe, Boards that Lead is that new roadmap, showing what this new partnership model of leadership looks like-and how to make it work."--
Fortune makers : the leaders creating China's great global companies by Michael Useem( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fortune Makers analyzes and brings to light the distinctive practices of business leaders who are the future of the Chinese economy. These leaders oversee not the old state-owned enterprises, but private companies that have had to invent their way forward out of the wreckage of an economy in tatters following the Cultural Revolution. Outside of brand names such as Alibaba and Lenovo, little is known, even by the Chinese themselves, about the people present at the creation of these innovative businesses. Fortune Makers provides sharp insights into their unique styles--a distinctive blend of the entrepreneur, the street fighter, and practices developed by the Communist party--and their distinctive ways of leading and managing their organizations that are unlike anything the West is familiar with. When Peter Drucker published Concept of the Corporation in 1946, he revealed what made large American corporations tick. Similarly, when Japanese companies emerged as a global force in the 1980s, insightful analysts explained the practices that brought Japan's economy out of the ashes--and what managers elsewhere could learn to compete with them. Now, based on unprecedented access, Fortune Makers allows business leaders in the United States and the rest of the West to understand the essential character and style of Chinese corporate life and its dominant players, whose businesses are the foundations of the domestic Chinese market and are now making their mark globally. -- Inside jacket flap
Change at work by Peter Cappelli( )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book estimates and analyzes the changes currently under way in the U.S. workplace. The book's seven chapters are: (1) "The Pressures To Restructure Employment" (effects of labor law and public policy, increased competitiveness, new markets, financial restructuring, investor pressures, new management techniques, faces and effects of restructuring); (2) "Downsizing and Employment Insecurity" (nature, scope and effects of downsizing; corporate policies to ease the burdens of downsizing; employer and employee responses to downsizing); (3) "Work Organization" (high-performance work organizations, work organization and performance, prospects for diffusion); (4) "Job Training Programs and Practices" (theories about company training, ways of measuring training, dimensions of company training, movement toward a new national training policy); (5) "Implications of a 'Skills Gap' for Policy" (jobs and skills in the future, employers' needs, the supply of skills, employer choices); (6) "The Effects of Restructuring on Employees" (trends in unemployment, layoffs and job security, job tenure, temporary jobs, wages, hours of work, workloads, stress, morale and attitudes performance, the social contract at work, revision of the psychological contract); and (7) "Conclusion" (implications of the new work system and options for parties in a new psychological contract). Fifty-eight tables/figures are included. Contains 414 references. (Mn)
The go point : when it's time to decide : knowing what to do and when to do it by Michael Useem( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Go Point - the moment of truth when you have to say "yes" or "no" when it's time to get off the fence. Michael Useem shows how to master the art and science of being decisive. He places you smack in the middle of people facing their go point, where actions - or lack of them - determined the fates of individuals, companies, and countries." "Smartly written and offering unusual insights into the minds of decision makers such as General Lee, The Go Point will provide the guidance for you to move with confidence when it's your turn to get off the fence."--Jacket
Learning from catastrophes : strategies for reaction and response( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Events ranging from Hurricane Katrina to the global economic crisis have taught business people an unforgettable lesson: if you don't plan for "extreme risk," you endanger your organization's very survival. But how can you plan for events that go far beyond anything that occurs in normal day-to-day business? In Learning from Catastrophes, two renowned experts present the first comprehensive strategic framework for assessing, responding to, and managing extreme risk. Howard Kunreuther and Michael Useem build on their own breakthrough work on mitigating natural disasters, extending it to the challenges faced by real-world enterprises. Along with the contributions of leading experts in risk management, heuristics, and disaster recovery, they identify the behavioral biases and faulty heuristics that mislead decision makers about the likelihood of catastrophe. They go on to identify the hidden links associated with extreme risks, and present techniques for systematically building greater resilience into the organization. The global best-seller The Black Swan told executives that "once in a lifetime" events are far more common and dangerous than they ever realized. Learning from Catastrophes shows them exactly what to do about it"--Book Description
Protest movements in America by Michael Useem( Book )

9 editions published between 1975 and 1979 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Upward bound : nine original accounts of how business leaders reached their summits by Michael Useem( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Your team has faltered at a critical moment. A key member says he can't continue, requiring you to make a snap decision: Do you write him off' Or do you risk the whole venture by trying to get him back on his feet' It could be a scenario straight from the business world. Yet this one occurred high on the slopes of the world's deadliest mountain, K2, where lives, not just livelihoods, depended on the leader's choice. Decisions don't get much starker. That's why mountains'though seemingly a world apart from business'hold unique and surprising insights for managers and entrepreneurs at any altitude. More than just symbols of our upward strivings, they are high-altitude management laboratories: testing grounds where risk, fear, opportunity, and ambition collide in the most unforgiving of settings. Upward Bound brings together a remarkable team of nine writers equally at home among the high peaks and in the corridors of corporate power, including Good to Great author Jim Collins, legendary climber and outdoor clothing entrepreneur Royal Robbins, and Stacy Allison, the first American woman to summit Mount Everest. Their riveting, often harrowing accounts, reveal - Why rock climbers' distinction between failure (giving up before reaching the edge of your abilities) and what they call "fallure" (committing 100 percent and using up all your energy and reserves) can help companies transcend their vertical limits - What happens when a leader abdicates responsibility in the Death Zone of Mount Everest'and how a similar vacuum at sea level can corrupt corporate purpose - How large climbing expeditions use exquisite organization and "pyramids of people" to place just two climbers on top, making heroes of some from the sacrifice of all - What "ridge-walking" between deadly avalanches and the lure of Mount McKinley's summit taught a venture capitalist about nurturing risky high-tech start-ups - How a simple insight'using "proximate goals"'propelled a faltering climber up El Capitan in a seemingly undoable solo ascent, a ten-day lesson that would later jump-start a business - Why more accessible peaks like Mount Sinai can exert a pull every bit as powerful as Mount Everest - How to think like a guide While most people will never find themselves in the thin air of the world's highest places, Upward Bound brings those places down to earth for anyone seeking the path to his or her own summit. Whether it's up the career ladder or toward a creative peak, Upward Bound addresses the fundamental question of why we climb, while capturing the power of mountains to instruct as well as inspire. From the Hardcover edition
Leader's checklist, expanded edition : 15 mission -critical principles by Michael Useem( )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The leader's checklist : 15 mission-critical principles by Michael Useem( )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

15 guiding principles to help leaders develop their ability to make good and timely decisions in unpredictable and stressful environments
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Transforming organizations
Transforming organizationsThe leadership moment : nine true stories of triumph and disaster and their lessons for us allLeading up : how to lead your boss so you both winInvestor capitalism : how money managers are changing the face of corporate AmericaThe go point : when it's time to decide : knowing what to do and when to do itLearning from catastrophes : strategies for reaction and responseUpward bound : nine original accounts of how business leaders reached their summitsThe leader's checklist : 15 mission-critical principles
Alternative Names
어셈, 마이클 1942-

우세엠, 마이클 1942-

유심, 마이클 1942-

ユシーム, マイケル

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