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20
Apr
2009
A very unusual company

In Malcolm Gladwell's book The Tipping Point, he mentions Gore Associates (of Gore-Tex fame).

A 'very unusual company with a clear and well-articulated philosophy.  It is a big established company attempting to behave like a small entreneurial start-up.  By all accounts, that attempt has been wildly successful'.

One of their recipes for success is the Rule of 150 i.e. dividing the company up into groups of no more than 150 people.  Crossing the 150 line is a small change that can make a big difference.  Gore is on the list of best-managed American companies, has employee turnover that is about a third the industry average and has been profitable for 35 consecutive years. 

Does size make a difference?

 

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