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The New Corporate Facts of Life

PM WORLD Book Review

pmwj22-may2014-Stone-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  The New Corporate Facts of Life
Author:  Diana Rivenburgh
Publisher:  AMACOM
List Price:   US$27.95         Format:  Hard Cover, 223 pages of text
Publication Date:   2014     ISBN: 978-0-8144-3304-1
Reviewer:      Ariane L Stone
Review Date:              March 2014
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Introduction to the Book

The New Corporate Facts of Life delivers an instructional approach to evaluating how well your current organization is dealing with changes in technology, social and economic environments.  It defines a new set of corporate facts that the reader will learn more about while also tasking them to apply presented ideas and methods to their life and workplace. The presented concepts apply not just to the corporate world but can also be valuable for dealing with changes on a personal level.

The material covered is current and relevant to today’s workplace and will continue to matter in the future given that our environments are always changing. The topics of sustainability while being a profitable and resilient company apply to both existing leaders and those that are striving to become leaders.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book’s structure is easy to follow.  The author starts with defining the “New Corporate Facts of Life (NCFOL)” and each subsequent chapter covers a way to navigate thru these challenges.  The chapters are a mix of industry examples based on interviews that the author has done and instructional guidelines for working thru challenges.  This merging of theory and real life application are a continuous thread throughout the book and facilitates the reading of the material.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

Several of the referenced companies may be familiar to the reader but there are plenty of new interview insights that apply to the NCFOL topic to make it interesting to those that have previously studied or read about them. The approach to marry sustainability with profitability is new and referenced throughout the book.  Also the barometers at the end of each chapter are great at doing a review of the material and how to apply the approaches. 

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About the Reviewer

pmwj22-may2014-Stone-IMAGE2 REVIEWERAriane L Stoneflag-usaflag-germany

North Texas, USA

Ariane Stone is a Material Planner for Goodman Networks in Plano, Texas.  She has 19 years of Supply Chain experience in the Telecom Industry in both the U.S. and Germany.  She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic and Nova Southeastern Universities and holds both PMP and CPM certifications. Email: [email protected]

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