• The Science of Success

  • How Market-Based Management Built the World's Largest Private Company
  • By: Charles G. Koch
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-06-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
  • 4.3 (193 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Charles Koch may well be the most successful businessman people have never heard of. Under his leadership, Koch Industries has become a dynamic and diverse enterprise that Forbes has called "the world's largest private company".This groundbreaking audiobook includes the same material used by leaders and employees of Koch companies to apply Marker-Based Management (MBM) to get results. Koch outlines this unique management methodology, developed and implemented by Koch Industries, which has experienced 2,000-fold growth since 1967. Today, Koch Industries has 80,000 employees in 60 countries; it had $90 billion in revenues in 2006. MBM is a scientific approach to management that integrates theory and practice while providing a framework for dealing with the ongoing challenges of growth and change. There really is a science behind success, and it can be applied to any organization. MBM is rooted in the Science of Human Action, and is defined by five dimensions:
Vision: Determining where and how the organization can create the greatest long-term value

Virtue and Talents: Helping ensure that people with the right values, skills, and capabilities are hired, retained, and developed

Knowledge Processes: Creating, acquiring, sharing, and applying relevant knowledge, and measuring and tracking profitability

Decision Rights: Ensuring the right people are in the right roles with the right authority to make decisions and are held accountable

Incentives: Rewarding people according to the value they create for the organization
When these dimensions are applied in an integrated, mutually reinforcing manner, they create continuous transformation and positive growth. Any organization - corporation, small business, nonprofit, or government agency - can apply these proven principles.
©2007 Charles G. Koch; (P)2007 Gildan Media Corp
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Critic Reviews

"My father, Sam Walton, stressed the importance of fundamental principles¿such as humility, integrity, respect, and creating value¿that are the foundation for success. No one makes a better case for these principles than Charles Koch." (Rob Walton, Chairman, Wal-Mart)
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By Alex Younger on 11-09-15

Definitely good, but buy Good Profit

This book is no doubt great, but if you want to learn more buy his book, Good Profit. It covers everything in this book plus more.

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By Mitch on 06-18-13

Fantastic read

This is Charles Koch's book. What more do you need to know? If you're in the world of business management and you don't immediately have a need to read the book based on the author, you may be in the wrong industry.

Fantastic book, short and to the point. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in dynamic management skills.

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By Amazon Customer on 07-16-17

One of the best...

One of the all time best business books I've ever read. Provides absolutely spectacular insight. And written by a billionaire not some 'motivational guru' who makes a living selling books

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