Summary of The Halo Effect

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getAbstract International Book Award Winner 2007

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This serious book will change the way many people think about the pursuit of managerial excellence and, indirectly, about the criteria they use for managing and (coincidentally) investing. Phil Rosenzweig provocatively challenges prevailing concepts about the traits that drive corporate performance. He asks revealing questions about previous research assumptions that labeled companies "excellent." It seems that earlier accolades about "the best" companies - including the claims in some blockbuster books - were based on faulty research techniques that led authors to mistakenly attribute achievements to companies that did not accomplish them or could not sustain them. Rosenzweig distills his compelling ideas clearly, and buttresses his case with specific examples and original research, adding to the book's power. As a result, getAbstract would compare this very readable, focused book to fine brandy: palatable, enjoyable, memorable, a little heavy - and imbued with the potential to change your mind. Highly recommended.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the "Halo Effect" is;
  • Why it is so powerful;
  • Why managers believe nine delusions about building high-performance companies; and
  • What characteristics make a company an actual top performer.

About the Author

Phil Rosenzweig, Ph.D., is a professor at IMD, the International Institute for Management Development, in Lausanne, Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and taught at the Harvard Business School.



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    ANANDH SUNDAR 7 years ago
    Very insightful book, which makes the case against reading many of the business success stories on getabstract!