Quicklet on Jim Collins' Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

by Diaris Alexander

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Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't was published in 2001 by HarperBusiness, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. Good to Great has become a national bestseller, selling more than 3 million hardcover copies since publication. It attained long-running positions on the bestseller lists for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week.

This modern classic on management theory has been translated in 35 languages, including Latvian, Mongolian and Vietnamese. On Amazon, Good to Great consistently ranks in the top 150 to 200 books overall, while often holding the #1 sales position for the Company Profiles, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and Systems & Planning categories. In addition to hardcover, the book is available in paperback, audio CD and electronic formats.


Diaris Alexander began writing professionally as a teen drafting grant proposals and press releases for a youth media non-profit organization in Oakland, CA. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles where she contributed to large-scale marketing and development campaigns for campus organizations in addition to internships with DEEP-LA and Creative Artists Agency.

Alexander earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Theater and will be awarded a Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership by the University of San Francisco in May 2012.


Collins follows up his first book, the classic Built to Last, by challenging his research team to identify what it takes for a group of good companies to transform into great organizations with exceptional results. “Good-to-great” organizations are defined by having an identifiable transition point in which they went from having good results to cumulative returns at least [1] three times the market, independent of their industry.

These superior results had to have been sustained for a series of years. Collins and his research team analyzed over 1,400 companies from the Fortune 500 list to ultimately identify 11 companies that fit the criteria of this study. The 21-person team then filed and coded the business literature on these companies and contrasted them to a list of direct- and unsustained comparison companies to define the traits that distinguished these good-to-great companies from their average competitors.

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