Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

By Lawrence A Cunningham

Berkshire Hathaway, the $300 billion conglomerate that Warren Buffett built, is among the world's largest and most famous corporations. Yet, for all its power and celebrity, few people understand Berkshire, and many assume it cannot survive without Buffett. This book proves them wrong.

In a comprehensive portrait of the corporate culture that unites Berkshire's subsidiaries, Lawrence A. Cunningham unearths the traits that assure the conglomerate's continued prosperity. Riveting stories of each subsidiary's origins, triumphs, and journey to Berkshire reveal how managers generate economic value from intangibles like thrift, integrity, entrepreneurship, autonomy, and a sense of permanence.

Rich with lessons for those wishing to profit from the Berkshire model, this engaging book is a valuable read for entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, family business members, and investors, and it is an important resource for scholars of corporate stewardship. General readers will enjoy learning how an iconoclastic businessman transformed a struggling textile company into a corporate legacy.



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Berkshire's trajectory has been so seamless that Warren's professional transition has gone almost unnoticed. The man who began business life as a precocious "stock picker" has morphed into chief executive of one of the largest collections of businesses in the world. Larry's book astutely chronicles this development.--From the Foreword, by Tom Murphy, former CEO, ABC, Inc.

How did Warren Buffett build such a great firm? To unravel this mystery, Lawrence Cunningham takes a deep dive inside the cultures of Berkshire Hathaway's subsidiaries, highlighting the value of integrity, kinship, and autonomy -- and revealing how building moats around the castles may help the firm outlast its visionary founder.--Adam Grant, Wharton professor and author of "Give and Take"




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Publisher Columbia University Press
Publish date 10/21/2014
Pages 307
ISBN-13 9780231170048
ISBN-10 0231170041
Language English

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