Cracking the Value Code: How Successful Businesses are Creating Wealth in the New Economy

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How Can Your Company Crack The Value Code?

The authors of this book suggest an answer. Organizations thrive or fail based on how they design, invest in, and manage their entire portfolios of value for your company in the New Economy?

Cracking the Value Code lays out four easy-to-understand steps to help enterprise, manage your company as a portfolio of assets, and use information to measure and report all your assets.

What to do differently and how to do it is the focus of this book. The authors' mission is to help you see, invest in, manage, and measure all of what matters in the New Economy.

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It seems some guru with a PalmPilot reminds us daily of the current breach between our Old and New economies, with immense riches awaiting those who play by the rules of the New, and certain oblivion looming for those who disdain such tidings. Come to think of it, that's essentially what Cracking the Value Code says. At the heart of this rigorously researched, cogently argued, and sensibly organized manifesto is this: New Economy success stories like Charles Schwab, Microsoft, and the Gap have outstripped their older industrial-age counterparts because they have devised new business models that hook into "what matters" to customers. How? By using their organizational assets--both concrete and intangible--as the building blocks to true customer value. The book examines the full gamut of these possible assets (physical, financial, employee-supplier, customer, and those intrinsic to the organization) and, to show them in action, provides plenty of fun, fact- and figure-filled miniprofiles of New Economy dynamos, from robustly reengineered old warhorses like IBM, Coke, Pepsi and Sara Lee to brash, new digital-age brats: Dell, Compaq, Cisco, idealab!, and Starbucks.

The book, which is based on a three-year study by the consulting firm Arthur Andersen, gives clear, plain-English guidance for helping your organization identify, create, and consolidate the valued assets it needs to vault high above the competition. Each chapter ends with questions and actions you can directly apply to your own workplace, and an entire section is devoted to helping your company add value by stressing assets and build a new business model that reflects those central strengths. So if you want the smart tip from one of the world's most influential consultants on exactly what companies are doing or have done to put themselves on the international market radar, you'll eat this book up. And if you're looking to reposition your biz for unprecedented market success by cracking your own value code, you might even come back for seconds and thirds. --Timothy Murphy

About the Author:

Richard Boulton, Worldwide Managing Partner - Strategy and Planning, is responsible for the firm's global service offerings (assurance, tax consulting, and corporate finance), as well as the firm's Web-based knowledge businesses.



Barry D. Libert is an independent consultant, worldwide lecturer, and advisor to companies and institutional investors on enterprise value and relationships. Libert is a coauthor of Cracking the Value Code: How Successful Businesses Are Creating Wealth in the New Economy, the forerunner of this book. He has been featured in major publications including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Barron's, The New York Times, and Industry Standard, and is a frequent guest on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, and Reuters TV. He is represented by the Leigh Bureau.



Steve Samek, Managing Partner of the firm's U.S. operations, is responsible for almost 40,000 professionals who serve more than 20,000 companies in all industries and sits on the firm's Board of Partners.

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