The New Pioneers: The Men and Women Who Are Transforming the Workplace and Marketplace

Thomas Petzinger, Jr., Author
Thomas Petzinger, Jr., Author Simon & Schuster $25 (304p) ISBN 978-0-684-84636-1
Reviewed on: 03/01/1999
Release date: 03/01/1999
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-684-86310-8
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Wall Street Journal columnist Petzinger (Hard Landing) does an excellent job of spotlighting the faces behind the businesses that are leading the way into what he calls the ""new economy."" The new economy is entrepreneurial, not corporate; it stresses adaptation rather than bureaucratic planning, ""teamwork"" and ""empowerment"" rather than rigid command-and-control structures. While the stories of the people behind innovative companies are often intriguing, readers will be left wondering what to do with this information. Some readers will even find Petzinger's premise puzzling. For instance, his introductory example is an innovative Philadelphia pharmacy that managed to succeed in a poverty-stricken area of the city. Petzinger is full of justified admiration for the way the owner wedded his pharmacy to the community, offered employees profit sharing and made a mint. Ultimately, however, the owner was so successful that he sold his three stores to Rite-Aid. This inspiring and informative book would have been even better had Petzinger delved more deeply into the paradox that the successes and innovations of the new pioneers he celebrates coincide with an era of increasing corporate consolidation. Readers are left wanting more guidance from someone who clearly knows the territory. (Mar.)
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