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"Funky Business is the antidote to bland writing and bland thinking." Tom Peters "Could barely, literally put down, Funky Business."Warren Bennis "The gospel of the new thinking is Funky Business"" "- "Industry Standard" "It's the best un-businesslike business book I have ever read ...Funky Business is less of a business handbook and more of a religion. It should be treated like a chain letter - read it and pass it onto 10 other people." (or even better, tell 10 other people to buy it) ... This book should carry a government health warning: Read with care - this book will seriously blow your mind. Go on, read it, be a devil - after all, you only live once." - "Human Resources" """Funky Business is a better book than most novels but it is not for bedtime. It will jerk you out of your complacency and make you question your very existence. It will transform your brain"." - Customer Management" "This is the New Economy's Killer Book!" Some say they can't put a certain book down. This one I had to - regularly - in order to recover from the impact of the statement I had just read. I'm in the Internet business and thought I understood plenty about the New Economy. But this book didn't just open my eyes, it ripped them out and tossed them high in the sky!"Rich Preece aus Hamburg, Germany, Amazon Customer Services "Funky Business - the groovy bible of modern business philosophy" Red magazine "You know when Time magazine trumps the rebirth of design on its from cover that something's up. You know too that the world of "boring is best commerce" is taking note of change when books like Jonas Ridderstrale and Kjell Nordstrom's Funky Business hits the best-seller lists."Viewpoint magazine

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Gurus and consultants abound. But, in a technicolor world why do we expect men in gray suits to have all the answers? Kjell Nordstrom and Jonas RidderstrSle arenA A't your average business gurus. They donA A't wear suits and their ideas come in full color. Stalking the stage, dressed in black, the two Swedes have entertained, challenged and, from time to time, frightened audiences throughout Europe and North America. Their blend of forceful logic, academic rigor and charismatic delivery have made them two of the most sought after speakers in Europe. Funkster 1: Kjell Nordstrom Kjell is based at the Institute of International Business at the Stockholm School of Economics. He received his PhD before helping to found the prestigious Advanced Management Program, which attracts the elite of Scandinavian business leaders. His research has focused on internationalization, and, his ideas work; he makes things happen. He is also on the board of directors of Stokke Fabrikker, Swedish Internet company Spary Ventures and US digital change agent Razorfish. His advice has been key to many other organizations across the globe. Funkster 2: Jonas RidderstrSle Based at the Center for Advanced Studies in Leadership at the Stockholm School of Economics, Jonas is at the forefront of the new generation of European-based business gurus. He has an MBA, a doctorate and a book on global innovation under his belt. He has run the Advanced Management Program and has been lecturer, adviser and consultant to many international companies - enabling them to look to the future creatively and develop dynamic strategies and solutions. In his spare time (yes really) he is an art collector and backs one of Sweden's funkiest galleries.

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  • Tapa blanda: 256 páginas
  • Editor: Pitman Publishing (14 de diciembre de 1999)
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ISBN-10: 0273645919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273645917
  • Valoración media de los clientes: 5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  Ver todas las opiniones (1 opinión de cliente)
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Por hector en 21 de abril de 2014
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Me gusto poder leer una vision original del mundo y pensar que puedo poner en practica este modo de ver los negocios.
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A Big Funky Waste of Time 10 de enero de 2001
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This book is an extended riff on a hodgepodge of topics - technology, globalization, competitive advantage, organizational structures, hierarchy, fragmentation - that is filled with sweeping generalizations (with little background evidence), sloppy use of terminology, ill-considered formulations (such as saying that Manpower, Inc. is "essentially" a big international trade union), business literature clichés, and the construction of nonsense terms that substitute for rigorous intellectual thought. The authors, two professors at the Stockholm School of Economics, argue that the entire world is now governed by the "forces of funk," a term that they never define in a coherent fashion. All companies must become "funky" or they will be driven out of business.
The "funky" corporation advocated by the authors bears some resemblance to the "visionary company" described in Built To Last (Collins and Porras 1994), notably in the necessity of firms having a core ideology, encouraging innovation and tapping the creativity of its employees. Otherwise, the model "funky" corporation is "narrow, focused on one or just a handful of core businesses" (p. 132), designed to leverage the accumulated knowledge of its workforce and partners, consistently innovative, and organized to contain "many hierarchies of different kinds" (p. 168). To create such organizations, managers must offer "meaningful leadership" that welcomes experimentation, promotes continuous learning, hires from diverse "tribes" of people, and creates value by building upon the "economies of soul."
Overall, this is an annoying and intellectually sloppy book that presents no original research and adds little to our understanding of how organizations need to adjust to the realities of the network society.
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Action Book 2 de julio de 2002
Por Denis Cherkasov - Publicado en
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Move it.
Move it fast.
Move it faster.
Move it now.
These are the words, which summarize all the 245 pages of the book and energize them. Although casual in style and easy-to-understand in language, Funky Business is yet a profound and philosophical survey of the recent shift of basic values in social and business structures of the global society. Those, who understand the spirit and emotions of Mission Impossible II or Swordfish - Password Accepted, will definitely appreciate both the style and the message. For the `businessmen', who love ACID Jazz the message of the book is also easy to catch. The other guys may miss it out.
True, none of the business concepts, exposed in the book is new to the business community. But the authors created the brand new vision of the modern business through hy-phe-nation (as they describe the phenomenon themselves) of the latest ideas. Only such a weird combination of ideas helped them to produce the most beautiful (and harmonious?) description of a competitive advantage I ever learnt: "Competitive advantages weigh no more than the dreams of a butterfly". I understood the vitality of this phrase when I heard one of businessman in Russia (not oil, timber or caviar tycoon) telling, that he is "dedicated to the quality of idea in his business, because the highest quality of idea is the only thing impossible to be replicated immediately". And this gives him a competitive advantage. Once again: it was asserted not from the sends of California, but from the woods of Russia. What else should be said or done to prove the unambiguous victory of Forces of Funk throughout the world?
But above all, this is not the book to read, to learn and to forget. This is the ACTION book. It wakes up those who haven't yet understood that Future Just Happened. And it puts more pressure on those who are already awoken in order to move faster. My judgement is that Funky Business is a must-read for everyone in business: from an intern to the CEO. We already did it in our office. Every newcomer MUST read Funky Business in a bid to speak with his peers and bosses (very few, really) in the same language.
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Funk makes people dance 24 de abril de 2000
Por Magnus Lindkvist - Publicado en
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Back in 1982, a little known band called Pseudo Echo recorded "Funky Town". The band disappeared but the song has often resurfaced on dancefloors and playlists alike. Funk was THE term in the music business in the late 70's/ early 80's. It had spilled over from the afro-american community into the mainstream and spawned artists with more or less staying power than Pseudo Echo. This bears more than little resemblance to the book by Nordenstrom and Ridderstrale. Business has always been fascinated by the music industry's way of marketing the artists it has endowed or penalized the world with. Whereas funk was the music industry's darling offspring 20 years ago, today it is embraced by the business community and management guru's alike whether it be called "The New Economy", "Branding" or "Competing with intangibles". Funky Business is very much a zeitgeist book, much like the Pseudo Echo hit was representative of its day and age in 1982. Nordenstrom and Ridderstrale have done their homework in more ways than one. They have done extensive research (what do you expect from career academics?) and litter their book with ideas from academia's finest of the last 30 years; the parallel to Karl Marx being right about workers owning the means of production, for instance, was coined by Charles Handy. This aspect gives their work credibility, something that management literature often lacks. Nordenstrom and Ridderstrale also realize that packaging is more important than content, in line with Funky Business's idea that competition today is based more on design than on functionality. Hence, they shave their heads and present their book more as a manifest than a traditional management book; Although clumsily designed, pages with psycho-babble mantras like "condemned to freedom" are a welcome relief to the 400-page bricks delivered by people like Tom Peters or Peter Senge every other year. The result is a management book that in more ways than one resembles songs like "Funky Town" or "YMCA"': user-friendly, light weight and accessible to many different people. Nordenstrom and Ridderstrale is the business world's answer to groups like Pseudo Echo; they create a link between the elitist world of management gurus and the regular Joe Schmoe who's only looking for some inspiration. Whether they have more staying power than their music industry equivalents remains to be seen.
9 de 11 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
Atlast! A business book you CAN'T put down! 11 de abril de 2000
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Forget any preconceived notions you may have about business books being dull and dry. Funky Business is provocative, insightful and just as important - written in a lively, unconventional style. A must" for all "non-business" types and a definite thought-provoker for those who are business types. It leaves you energized and ready to pursue more knowledge and to take some action toward achieving Funky Inc.!
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Funky Is As Funky Does 13 de abril de 2000
Por Glen Thompson - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa blanda
This book is a must read for the managers and knowledge workers of the new economy! Irreverent, timeous, reflexive, contentious, and informative, Funky Business is all of that and more - it is also a great read. Oh, yes, it is really funky!
But my dilemma is: how can I do justice to the book in the space of a review? I could describe the narrative thread that produces a tapestry of business (and life) in the digital age - the weaving of the chapters from "Funky Times" (life in the digital age) through to "Forces of Funk" (the factors determining the present moment - changes in technology, institutions, and values), "Funky Village" (a commentary on our postmodern and "hy-phe-ne-ted" society), "Funky Inc." (the funky business model for the new economy - the organization which is focused, innovative, leveraged, and heterarchical), "Funky U" (the mentality), to "Feeling Funky" (how the imagination in the "emotional enterprise" drives competitive advantage in the digital age). Yet, if one is lost in all this funk (a sign of American cultural imperialism in the new economy?), Nordström and Ridderstråle do provide an interpretative signpost: "Funkyism equals information mania plus the power of choice" (p.36).
Or, I may reflect on some of the book's highlights. My best is the opening chapter's parody on Marx, Lenin and Mao. The authors' admit, without apology, that in this "age of capitalist triumph" (p.16) the Marxist inspired view of labor was correct. The sting of the Marxism was in the fact "that the workers should own the major assets of society, the critical means of production" (p.17). And Nordström and Ridderstråle go on to argue that that is a reality now, ironically, in the hyper-capitalism of the new economy. However, their argument continues, the basis of Marx's criticism of capitalism is overturned (the worker as oppressed) - today, in the knowledge-based economy the worker herself or himself is now an asset in the form of intellectual capital, owning the means (having the "brain power") to produce economic value in society. Of course, and with reference to the philosophy of Michel Foucault, now that power resides with the knowledge experts, we all have become oppressed by ubiquitous circulations and webs of digitalized information. While the workers may control the means of production, they do not necessarily have control over the nature of the new economy, even though the authors' rightly note that "we are condemned to freedom - the freedom to choose" within that economy (p.70). Yet, the relationship between the self, knowledge, and work is neither deterministic nor nihilistic in the digital age. In a "multi-centric" world of excess, abundance, difference, diversity, MTV, chaos, and self-realization the mode of the survival of the self, and the Funky Inc., is by means of emotive response and the creative imagination, in other words - talent. Today, it is not about molding the world to oneself or an organization, but rather, by adapting to the world we take advantage of the frictionless "free" market (pp.128-130). "The spirit of capitalism is on the move" (p. 98) and the ghost of Hegel and the belief in process arise out of the sweat of "funky people work[ing] smarter" (p.86).
Or, I could note snippets that are applicable to management competencies (as well as illustrate, at the same time, the authors' tone and writing style). First, strategic thinking: "Sensational strategies capture the attention of the people with whom we want to do business. Sensational strategies appeal to all five senses of man. They embrace our emotions. Competitive strategy means being one step ahead. Sensational strategy is about playing a different game" (p.235), a customer-centric game. Second, experience modeling: "In the funky village, real competition no longer revolves around market share. We are competing for attention - mind share and heart share. If you cannot capture the attention of prospective customers or employees, you are out. To attract them, you need to provide experiences that are immediate, intense and instant" (p.83). Third, the technological effect: "The central contribution of technology to funky business is in creating information systems. The impact of information technology is omnipresent. Today, information flows freely. You can't avoid it. It's like getting sand in your swimming trunks - a little annoying and close to impossible to get rid of" (p.43). Fourth, organizsational change: "Funky Inc. is neither homogeneous nor heterogeneous; it is both. Successful companies will evolve into organizational tribes - biographical organizational tribes. And in a tribe people get the energy from one another. The Zulus have a word for it: `ubuntu' ..." (p.165).
Funky Business is full of other insights; I have only touched on a few. The book is a vivid interpretation of our hyper-capitalist, digital and inter-connected world, and some thoughts on how to go about management and doing business in that world. Compared to many business books on the market today, it is inspiring, provocative, and adaptive to local geographies notwithstanding its global perspective! So, knowledge workers of the borderless world unite - and make business funky!