How Great Companies Think–Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Harvard Business Review’s Spotlight this month is on “The Good Company”. 

If, like me, you have been a little cautious of past attempts to define a mission or purpose for managers that reaches beyond their increasing value for shareholders (i.e. the owners) then Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s article, How Great Companies Think Differently is a must-read.  By taking a longer view of great companies, she has succeeded in framing the task of increasing shareholder value within a broader context which doesn’t jar.

For Kanter, the six facets of what she terms “institutional logic” are:

  • A common purpose
  • A long-term focus
  • Emotional Engagement
  • Partnering with the public
  • Innovation
  • Self-organisation

It’s a persuasive concept and worth considering. 

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About Andrew Munro

An independent business consultant, interim manager and writer, Andrew operates through his company, Burning Pine Ltd (http://burningpine.com).
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