Summary of Managing Corporate Growth

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Managing Corporate Growth book summary
Productive corporate growth depends on internal strategic harmony — and if you doubt that, just ask Wal-Mart.


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While most scholarly studies of business (or any other subject) can be dry and impenetrable, that is not the case with this one. Jordi Canals writes clearly and eloquently about the ups and downs of corporate growth, and includes plenty of case studies that focus on companies around the world. Citing dozens and dozens of studies (listed as references at the end of the book) throughout the text, this economics scholar never descends into the deep, dark pit of deliberately unreadable prose. The author writes that this book is for MBA students, professional managers, and entrepreneurs; agrees, and notes that others in business, finance and the media will also enjoy it and benefit from its insights.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What factors determine corporate growth;
  • Why corporations that fail to maintain competitive advantage are likely to stagnate or fail; and
  • Why Wal-Mart is considered a textbook example of solid corporate growth.


Growth Forces
Corporate growth is a complex issue for individual companies and for entire industries, economies and nations. Growing firms that innovate and create value and new jobs contribute to a nation’s health. Massive lay-offs in the U.S. and other Western countries have led to the...
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About the Author

Jordi Canals is associate dean and professor of economics and general management at the International Graduate School of Management at the University of Navarra, in Barcelona.

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