Against the Grain: How to Succeed in Business by Peddling Heresy

Stern, Joel M.

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Synopsis: The unique story of a business heretic and his concept of Economic Value Added (EVA)

In Against the Grain, Joel Stern shares for the first time, not only the story of how EVA swept the corporate world, but the story behind the story-the intellectual underpinnings of EVA, how he and his colleagues at Stern Stewart & Co. promoted the concept, won its initial acceptance by major corporations, and later turned the concept into a revolution. He has for good reason been called a one-man catalyst for change. In an engaging memoir, he has given us not only an account of his business strategy, but also provided fascinating anecdotes and vignettes of encounters with leading businessmen on four continents.

Joel M. Stern (New York, NY) has been the Managing Partner of Stern Stewart & Co. since its founding in 1982 and was coauthor of The EVA Challenge (Wiley: 0-471-40555-8). A recognized authority on financial economics, corporate performance measurement, corporate valuation, and incentive compensation, he is a leading advocate of the concept of shareholder value.
Irwin Ross (New York, NY) was retained to write The EVA Challenge with Joel Stern and John Shiely. He is a former roving editor of Reader's Digest and over the years has written for Fortune and a variety of other magazines.

From the Inside Flap: Success does not come easily in the world of business, especially if you choose to challenge some of the most widely held beliefs in modern finance. Nobody knows this better than Joel Stern–a man who swam against the strong current of conventional financial dogma and ended up revolutionizing the way CEOs and money managers value and measure performance. By maintaining a steadfast belief in his concept of Economic Value Added (EVA) and convincing individuals, institutions, and companies of its validity, Stern has become a catalyst for change in the world of finance. He has also become the man who made EVA the most insightful measure of today’s corporate performance.

In Against the Grain: How to Succeed in Business by Peddling Heresy, Stern shares for the first time, not only the story of how EVA swept the corporate world, but the story behind the story–the intellectual underpinnings of EVA, how he and his colleagues at Stern Stewart & Co. promoted the concept, won its initial acceptance by major corporations, and later turned the concept into a revolution that has continued to grip the worlds of business and finance.

But Against the Grain is about more than Joel Stern’s achievements in shaping economic thought and financial practices. This absorbing business memoir is about the life challenges of an incredibly driven individual. Through fascinating anecdotes and vignettes, you’ll get an up-close look at Joel Stern the person and the professional–from growing up in a middle-class Jewish family in New York City to attending graduate classes with Myron Scholes and learning from teachers such as Merton Miller and Milton Friedman. You’ll also see how dogged determination and an unwavering belief in his ideas led to the creation of Stern Stewart & Co.–a world-class consulting firm with offices on five continents.

It takes confidence and skill to buck the trend, and Joel Stern has a lot of both. In this unique story of a business heretic and his concept of EVA, you’ll find out what motivated Stern to proclaim "earnings per share don’t count" and how he went about proving it to the world.

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