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Publisher's Summary

Learn how to manage, lead, and succeed...the Samsung way.

Based on 10 years of research and interviews with 80 top executives, the award-winning The Samsung Way is the first definitive guide to the groundbreaking management principles that transformed a lagging electronics company into one of the most successful brands in the world.

Combining professional insights from Samsung insiders with practical applications for managers, executives, and CEOs, this powerhouse of a book shows you how to:

  • Speed up decision making and execution, on a bigger scale
  • Create a convergence synergy among diversified businesses, while staying competitive in core businesses
  • Mix and match Western and Eastern management styles

Also known as "The Three Paradoxes of Samsung Management," these seemingly contradictory goals are the keys behind Chairman Lee Kun-Hee’s now-famous New Management Initiative - the business plan that drove Samsung to become the number-one leader in mobile phones, televisions, semiconductors, and other electronics. A revolutionary - and time-tested - approach to innovation, Samsung’s management principles will help you find the perfect balance of styles by combining the best of all worlds.

This ingenious step-by-step guide shows you how to implement Samsung’s proven techniques for grafting American business practices onto a Japanese system, thus keeping costs low and bringing about differentiation. You’ll learn how to achieve both economies of scale and speed in this era of a hypercompetitive world. Best of all, you’ll drive new ideas and innovations at every level of your company while building on your greatest strengths and successes.

That’s The Samsung Way.

©2014 McGraw-Hill Education (P)2014 Jaeyong Song

Critic Reviews

"To remain competitive in today’s global marketplace, GE must benchmark itself against the best run companies in the world. Samsung is one of these companies. This insightful book outlines Samsung’s formula for success and is an important read for any executive or leader who wishes to implement a similar plan in their own organization." (Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE)
"If I were to be asked about how Samsung Electronics became successful, I would confidently recommend The Samsung Way in lieu of a response. As CEO of Samsung Electronics, I am still amazed by the insightful analyses and explanations given here. This book led me to reconsider the direction of Samsung’s future strategy." (Oh-Hyun Kwon, Vice-Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics)
"A firsthand glimpse of how an unlikely laggard in emerging economies became a global power to be reckoned with. This informed, readable book will help you understand what management innovation is really all about."(Rita McGrath, Professor, Columbia Business School, and author of The End of Competitive Advantage)

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worst there is

Nothing as takeaways.. the book says the name Samsung thousands of times throughout the book which is quite irritating . . no cohesive story.. instead of mentioning the failure of Samsung cars, they could have fully covered that as its main subject it would have been more useful!

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Interesting topic, ok-ish content, could be better

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is dealing with different stages of Samsung. Unfortunately repetition is a bit too much. Once getting to the end you get the feeling of have I not heard this before over and over again?

Has The Samsung Way turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I do like the topic and history. Good to learn how Samsung developed. It is too much repeating same topics over and over.

Could you see The Samsung Way being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Oh no, please do not. No stars at all.

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Hard to follow

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration of this book is awful. The narrator is monotone and lifeless. It almost sounds as if it is being read by a computer. Very hard to get into.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed listening to books written by company CEO's about their company's success and learning opportunities, but this is not one of them.