“Who am I?” In this angst-ridden age, no question cries out more insistently for an answer. If establishing identity is difficult for individuals, it is even tougher for commercial entities. Indeed, for many businesses, identity is a truly baffling issue. Executives, directors, employees, investors, customers and other stakeholders may have radically different notions regarding a company’s basic identity. Such corporate schizophrenia can lead to serious problems. Functioning as “corporate psychiatrists,” authors Hamid Bouchikhi and John R. Kimberly explain why few subjects are more timely or vital to commercial achievement. Companies that don’t define who and what they are are like headless chickens, dashing back and forth around the marketplace. They develop the wrong products. They target inappropriate customers. Their strategies make no sense. If you want to see the organizations in which you work or invest perform well, getAbstract advises you to read this thoughtful treatise.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why corporate identity is important;
- How you can leverage your company’s corporate identity;
- How inattention to corporate identity can sabotage your organization; and
- How to conduct a corporate “identity audit.”
About the Authors
Hamid Bouchikhi teaches entrepreneurship and management at ESSEC, a French business school. He is founder and academic director of an organization that assists entrepreneurs. John R. Kimberly is a professor at the Wharton School and also teaches at INSEAD in France.
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