Summary of The 80/20 Principle and 92 Other Powerful Laws of Nature

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The 80/20 Principle and 92 Other Powerful Laws of Nature book summary
This fascinating analysis uncovers the [business] management secrets hidden in physics, biology and mathematics.


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While they were unlocking the secrets of the universe, scientists like Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein also discovered principles that are relevant to business, says entrepreneur Richard Koch. In this wide-ranging, dense but well-organized survey of science and commerce, he draws management lessons using 93 “power laws” (the familiar 80/20 principle and 92 more) from biology, evolutionary psychology, physics, game theory and chaos theory. Disappointingly, some lessons prove to be mere analogies: A subatomic particle can be in two places at once, so you should adopt a “both-and” approach to decision-making. And Koch’s theory descriptions can be too cryptic. But in the extensive sections on competition and nonlinear systems, his advice is specific and utilitarian, and the parallels with science are direct and illuminating. As a bonus, Koch provides a quick refresher on the history of science over the last 300 years, and his crisp layout and lists add clarity. getAbstract recommends his insights and methods to business students, managers and entrepreneurs seeking a fresh perspective on strategy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the universal laws of science apply to business
  • How to compete by adapting to market niches
  • How to find order in chaotic systems like markets


The “Power Laws” of Science and Business
Science reveals that a limited number of power laws underlie all phenomena. Isaac Newton discovered many of the most familiar of these principles in the 1600s, including the laws that govern motion and gravity. He described the universe as a giant...
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About the Author

Richard Koch is an investor and bestselling author. He worked as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company, and co-founded The LEK Partnership, a strategy consultancy.

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