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Lights Out by Thomas Gryta

Lights Out

Pride, Delusion and the Fall of General Electric

Thomas Gryta

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 1 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9780358250418

How could General Electric - perhaps America's most iconic corporation - suffer such a swift and sudden fall from grace?

4 stars out of 5
19 Aug 2020

"a hard-nosed analysis of the Immelt era and its aftermath"

Despite its sometimes wearying, choppy, short-chapter style, and occasional diversions into numbing accounting detail, Lights Out is a hard-nosed, well-written analysis of what went wrong (albeit one disputed by some of Immelt’s defenders). The authors point out, rightly, that if Culp succeeds, it will “undermine a central tenet of GE’s oldest and most precious belief: that it knew how to manage any business and could teach any of its own to do so”. In truth, this belief always looked hard to sustain.