Karaoke Capitalism: Daring to Be Different in a Copycat World

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We all know that the rules by which business is conducted have changed. But by how much? The dot.commers who threw out the playbook and tried to reinvent everything crashed and burned. Back-to-basics and execution are refrains reverberating down corporate hallways. And yet there is still a sense of unease. Jonas Ridderstróale and Kjell Nordstróm, the outspoken authors of the international bestseller, Funky Business, present a provocative analysis of the social and cultural forces that are defining the business landscape―in particular, the fundamental relationships between employers and employees and between companies and customers.

Covering a huge terrain―from the impact of high tech to the ever-widening gaps between the haves and the have-nots, and with references from Adam Smith to Janis Joplin―the authors bring into focus the challenges of business leadership in a world increasingly defined by individualism. Karaoke capitalism refers to the philosophy of imitation, engrained into the corporate mindset by such popular concepts as benchmarking and best practice. For Ridderstróale and Nordstróm, the only way to survive is to chuck convention, to embrace your company's individual personality and promote it through everything you do, constantly honing what works and abandoning what doesn't. Ultimately, the authors argue that armed with imagination it is possible to sustain profitable businesses while contributing to the well-being of customers, communities, and the society at large. Visit the authors' Web sites at www.karaokecapitalism.com and www.funkybusiness.com.

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An irreverent, eye-opening, and incisive guide to the social and cultural forces affecting business today—and how to navigate them successfully.

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Jonas Ridderstróale runs the Advanced Studies in Leadership program at the Stockholm School of Economics. He advises, lectures, and consults to leaders of international businesses and sits on the board of directors of several companies. With Kjell Nordstróm, he was highly ranked among the world's most influential management thinkers and is coauthor of the international bestseller, Funky Business.

Kjell A. Nordstróm runs the Institute of International Business program at the Stockholm School of Economics. He advises, lectures, and consults to leaders of international businesses and sits on the board of directors of several companies. With Jonas Ridderstróale, he was highly ranked among the world's most influential management thinkers and is coauthor of the international bestseller, Funky Business.

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