Suggested Reading

Hidden Value

by Charles O’Reilly and Jeffrey Pfeffer

“Hidden Value” argues that the best companies win not by acquiring the right people—but by building the right organization. O’Reilly and Pfeffer warn that most companies place too much effort on attracting star performers while smart companies are doing something much more advantageous and far more difficult to copy – they’re building organizations that make it possible for ordinary people at every level of an organization to do extraordinary things. The authors provide detailed case studies of several organizations in different industries – including Southwest Airlines, Cisco Systems, The Men’s Wearhouse, and NUMMI – to illustrate how long-term success comes from value-driven, interrelated systems that align good people management with corporate strategy.