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Microsoft Secrets

How the World's Most Powerful Software Company Creates Technology, Shapes Markets, and Manages People

by Michael A. Cusumano Author · Richard W. Selby Author

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Microsoft commands the high ground of the information superhighway by owning the operating systems and basic applications programs that run on hundreds of millions of computers around the world. Beyond the unquestioned genius and vision of Bill Gates, what accounts for Microsoft's astounding success?Drawing on almost two years of on-site observation at Microsoft headquarters, eminent scientists Michael A. Cusumano and Richard W. Selby reveal many of Microsoft's innermost secrets. This inside report, based on forty in-depth interviews by authors who had access to confidential documents and project data, outlines the seven complementary strategies that characterize exactly how Microsoft competes and operates, including the "Brain Trust" of talented employees and exceptional management; "bang for the buck" competitive strategies and clear organizational goals that produce self-critiquing, learning, and improving; a flexible, incremental approach to product development; and a relentless pursuit of future markets.Cusumano and Selby's masterful analysis successfully uncovers the distinctive way in which Microsoft has combined all of the elements necessary to get to the top of an enormously important industry—and stay there.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Blackstone Publishing
Imprint:
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2016

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 496.5 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 495.9 MB

Michael A. Cusumano (Author)

Michael A. Cusumano is the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, with a joint appointment in the MIT Engineering Systems Division. He specializes in...

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Richard W. Selby (Author)

Richard W. Selby, PhD, is the head of software products at Northrop Grumman Space Technology and an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of Southern California. He is the coauthor the bestselling Microsoft Secrets: How the World...

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