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Alfred P. Sloan’s achievements during his 42-year career at General Motors went far beyond manufacturing and selling popular cars. He built GM into a world-changing corporation and reshaped American management by using critical thinking and democratic principles. Author Allyn Freeman puts Sloan into his proper historical and corporate context, showing how bold and innovative his management style was for its time. Freeman builds the book around Sloan, but weaves in modern examples that explain how other businesses have applied Sloan’s practices. While these examples are interesting, they sometimes distract from Sloan’s unusual and powerful story. highly recommends this book to managers and business strategists looking for techniques and guidance from one of America’s greatest corporate leaders. It’s also good reading for people who are interested in corporate history. This is an exceptional book about an exceptional man.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Alfred P. Sloan Jr. modernized General Motors’ management;
  • How GM prospered using Sloan’s ideas; and
  • How you can apply Sloan’s management techniques.

About the Author

Allyn Freeman is a writer, consultant and author of six business books. For 20 years, he has worked in qualitative research and management, consulting for numerous Fortune 500 companies. He heads an international consulting firm.



"A Car for Every Price and Purpose"
During the 42 years that Alfred P. Sloan Jr. (1875-1965) ran General Motors, he transformed not only the U.S. automobile industry but also the way corporate executives worldwide managed their businesses.

Sloan was president of the Hyatt...

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