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Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took 18 truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day - as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: "What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?"

Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond.

©2011 Jim Collins (P)2019 HarperAudio

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The Third Book of the Foundation of your Company

The foundation of your company should include
Book 1: Start With Why
Book 2: Good to Great
Book 3: Built to Last
Book 4: This I know

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Good book. I've learned several useful things.

Good book. I've learned several useful things from it. Although, it wasn't great and sometimes felt a bit overcomplicating and boring.

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Very valuable but repetitive

Half of the book is very valuable learnings while the other half is examples to reinforce the teaching. Very useful for entrepreneurs and CEOs

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  • Bob
  • 2020-07-20

Worst audio book doesn’t even read the book

This is absolutely bs the book and the audio book aren’t the same what the hell is the point of having and audio book if the reading version is different

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  • 2020-10-07

dated

There are so many better books on the topic of building a successful business that are more topical and applicable. Built To Last feels like what it is, a 23 year old business book written by professors with no business experience.

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  • D. Pistulka
  • 2020-07-06

Great compliment to other books in this series.

I've read all the books in the series but wanted to try it on audible. it was really nice to be able to listen to the book learned a lot again and I'm going to go through it in the future one more time

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  • Aurelian Cotuna
  • 2019-12-13

A good book about business

This is a good book, but from time to time I was under the impression that there are some irrelevant information given to fit the time and space.
I think the whole information can be fitted into half the time and actually half the book.
Otherwise interesting and good content for entrepreneurs and business people

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  • dominic
  • 2021-02-17

Finally it's an Audio book

Jim Collins and his Co Author do a fantastic job painting a picture and promoting the principles that lead to an enduring company. if you are a young manager or business owner this book along with Jim's other books are must haves!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-01-25

THe secret of Long Lasting Companies

Pick a Book !
Why some companies last longer than others ? This is an amazing question that Jin Collins and Jerry Porras from Stanford University Graduate School of Business investigated during 6 years.
IF you are an entrepreneur or if you want to better understand what makes a company unique it is the right book for you !
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  • 2021-01-10

Built to last

A long overdue read for me. The principles of building a lasting, visionary company remain true today. I would love to see an updated version of this book in the tech era of the 2020s. Have any fundamentals changed?

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  • Nikos Stavropoulos
  • 2020-12-26

Some great insights by Jim Collins' book!

Jim Collins through Built to Last offers some great insights as to how the great entrepreneurs started their enterprise quest. What they are investing in heavily, how they want to work with and the internal drive that lies within them. Inspiring book. It is a must!

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  • DDR
  • 2020-12-05

Fantastic principles that yield lasting change!!

Absolutely loved it, especially the focus in the end of how this also applies to our personal lives. Over the years I've clearly observed that leaders cannot thrive in their organizations if they aren't thriving in their personal lives.

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  • Dr. Scott K. Moffat
  • 2020-09-17

Read this one first

Fabulous book as usual. I view this as a prequel to the other two. The comparisons between visionary companies and their counterparts are clear and tangible. As I’ve come to expect with Jim Collins books, this one made me pumped to get to work and create something amazing.