TakingStock – Between the covers.

They’re the stuff of every FD and CEO’s nightmare – the decisions made by business men which turn into blunders with consequences of epic proportions.

John Shaw, a budding management consultant, has pulled together a collection of such commercial catastrophes in his book Corporate Horror Stories which features examinations of among other cock-ups, British Airways and its fin designs and High Street calamity Marks & Spencer and its inability to sell its stock.

Shaw is scathing and as sympathetic as an asset stripper. Still, like voyeurs at a road accident you can’t help but read this book.

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