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  • Author:
    Bill Birchard
  • ISBN:
    0230106609
  • ISBN13:
    978-0230106604
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  • Publisher:
    Palgrave Macmillan (August 15, 2011)
  • Pages:
    256 pages
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    Economics
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Bill Birchard is a writer, author, and journalist. He has been writing books and articles for over 25 years. The Merchants of Virtue is a book about the journey and the destination

Bill Birchard is a writer, author, and journalist. Since the mid-1980s, he has written about management, the environment, and self help. The Merchants of Virtue is a book about the journey and the destination. It will help executives peer into the minds of their peers to see the highs and lows, grit and grace, and missteps and mistakes that are the reality of running a company for the long-term in the near-sighted markets we live with today.

Company Herman Miller and a band of people determined to make their company a good global citizen. BILL BIRCHARD is a writer, author, and journalist. He has been writing books and articles for over 25 years

Company Herman Miller and a band of people determined to make their company a good global citizen. They end up answering one of the critical questions of our time: Is sustainable business sustainable? Can employees in global companies make great products, take care of the environment, benefit.

Merchants of Virtue book. Here author Bill Birchard goes deep inside the organization to find out how Herman Miller has been accomplishing this goal-from the individuals who have become passionate about this topic-to the designers who incorporate ideas of sustainability into every product they create.

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Merchants of Virtue: Herman Miller and the Making of a Sustainable Company Bill Birchard. The Herman Miller Collection 1952: Furniture designed by George Nelson and Charles Eames, with occasional pieces by Isamu Noguchi Peter Hvidt, and . Nielsen, with a new introduction by Ralph Caplan. The Herman Miller Collection: The 1955-56 Catalog Leslie Piña. The Ice Palace that Melted Away: Restoring Civility and Other Lost Virtues to Everyday Life William Stumpf. The Scanlon Plan for Organization Development: Identity, Participation, and Equity Carl Frost, John Wakely, and Robert Ruh.

Merchants of Virtue: Herman Miller and the Making of a Sustainable Company Company Herman Miller and a band of people determined to make their company a good global citizen. They end up answering one of the critical questions of our time: Is sustainable business sustainable? Can employees in global companies make great products, Specifications. Palgrave MacMillan Us. Book Format.

Merchants of Virtue is about the company Herman Miller and a band of people who determined to make their company a good global citizen. They end up answering one of the critical questions of our time: Is sustainable business sustainable? Can employees in global companies make great products, take care of the environment, benefit society, and make good money – all at the same time, good times and bad? Merchants of Virtue tells this story from the point of view of Murray and other people who made the changes

Merchants of Virtue is about the company Herman Miller and a band of people who determined to make their company a good global citizen. They end up answering one of the critical questions of our time: Is sustainable business sustainable? Can employees in global companies make great products, take care of the environment, benefit society, and make good money-all at the same time, good times and bad? Merchants of Virtue tells this story from the point of view of Murray and other people who made the changes

Company Herman Miller and a band of people determined to make their company a good global citizen. They end up answering one of the critical questions of our time: Is sustainable business sustainable? Can employees in global companies make great products, take care of the environment, benefit society, and make good money good times and bad?

Merchants of Virtue is about a band of people who determined to make their company a good global citizen. Herman Miller has been looking at some of the critical questions of our time—for the past 35 years. Is sustainable business sustainable? In an age where sustainability is key to future success, businesses must incorporate new strategies towards sustainability in order to give them the competitive edge.  But, can employees in global companies make great products, take care of the environment, benefit society, and make good money—all at the same time?  The answer, as in so many stories of people working together, comes down to a principle of management. At Herman Miller, sustainability triumphs because people commit and recommit themselves to the guiding light of company values and in turn changed the world of business.  Here author Bill Birchard goes deep inside the organization to find out how Herman Miller has been accomplishing this goal—from the individuals who have become passionate about this topic—to the designers who incorporate ideas of sustainability into every product they create.  Birchard shares not only the stories—but the details of how every this remarkable effort has been accomplished.


Gaeuney
The author has gone into great depths to cover the details of how Herman Miller Inc. has grew to champion the global design leadership in furniture business. The book reveals many anecdotes that had not been available in previous publications regarding Herman Miller, and I deeply appreciate that.

There is just one thing that is quite disturbing with Kindle edition of this otherwise fine book. Perhaps by some technical oversight, the ligatures in the text are converted to something else. That is, "fi" is shown as "A" and "fl" as "U" within Kindle text. For instance, what should be "first" is shown as "A rst", and "flow" as "U ow". These errors, like road bumps, are significantly slowing down my reading.

I am wondering if Kindle updates its files automatically when revision is made available.

That issue aside, Merchants of Virtue is an excellent book for those who wishes to learn historical background that shaped Herman Miller to become one of the most venerable companies in the world in terms of sustainable practices and design leadership.
Wenyost
Herman Miller is an earnest and excellent company. When you sit in an Aeron chair you feel the care that goes into their design right into your backbone. I know because I have a bum back.

Even anti-corporates have found it hard over the years to find fault with a company that takes its ethics and its customers as seriously as Herman Miller does.

What Bill Birchard does exceptionally well in Merchants of Virtue is to paint compelling portraits of the people who are Herman Miller. Leaving the arguments of whether companies are people or not to the pope and the supreme court, Birchard, a master story teller, breathes life into the emerging principles of sustainable management. The dialogues and debates on corporate social responsibility are now close to 30 plus years old. To journalists like myself and Bill Birchard, the aphorisms are broken records. But that doesn't mean the message doesn't need to be conveyed over and over again. The Merchants of Virtue is a book about the journey and the destination. It will help executives peer into the minds of their peers to see the highs and lows, grit and grace, and missteps and mistakes that are the reality of running a company for the long-term in the near-sighted markets we live with today.

Lynn Forester de Rothchild, a board member of The Economist, Carly Fiorna, former head of HP, and Dominic Barton of McKinsey are a the latest entrants among the 1 %' to respond to the Occupy Wall Street Movement. They call their campaign "inclusive capitalism." Hardly a game-changer concept, but certainly a gesture in the right direction.

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"The idea that underlies our notion of inclusive capitalism, they say, is the need to manage companies for the long term." Somebody should send them Bill's book. And Herman Miller should invite them to Michigan.

Needless to say I recommend this book to anyone who believes there is a better way to do business than the take-no-prisoners and let the next- generations fend-for- for themselves model of capitalism we have today. We need more books like Bill's, Merchant's of Virtue. More importantly, we need more companies like Herman Miller.
Ventelone
This book is excellent. It is clear, well-written, and honest. An an employee, I feel like I had a front row seat to much of what Birchard writes about and I also learned new things from his book. I recommend this read!

Dr. Tracy Brower, author of Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations
CONVERSE
Birchard has written an extraordinary story...extremely well written and meticulously researched. I say story because his account of the evolution of the Herman Miller Company's manufacturing and the company's cast of characters from past to present reads like a novel. Enormously informative-hard to put down.

In a climate rife with the perception of white collar corruption and sinking morale this book should inspire. Michael Moore in his recent film Capitalism, A Love Story, makes a strong case against capitalism- a force for greed, avarice, and evil and he backs it up with many compelling examples. Birchard's book clearly shows that capitalism in the right hands can be a force for just the opposite- generosity, kindness, and a commitment to doing the right thing again and again.

How do you build a supremely successful company while engaging in the extremely complex restructuring required over and over again to keep pace with the changing times? How do you do this while never abandoning the original, core personal values of it's founder even though that would have been far easier, safer, and in the short term more profitable. How do you never give into that temptation?

Values, not profit, were the foundation and they ultimately shaped the Herman Miller destiny. On the TV series Bonanza the good guys always win. They do here too. Fascinating read. The story begins in 1923.
Daiktilar
Merchants of Virtue should be required reading for every undergraduate business major and MBA student. Birchard's detailed account of how the Herman Miller company came to be is an inspiring template for building a twenty-first century business that is good for the planet and good for people.