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Succession

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0014
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter considers Berkshire’s future beyond Buffett, a question that has nagged the company’s constituents for two decades. The concern was that the fate of the man and the company he built were ... More


Diversity

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0002
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter focuses on the diversified business interests of Berkshire Hathaway. By 1986, Berkshire owned a range of companies, from candy to insurance. With the company’s next two acquisitions came ... More


Origins

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter describes the beginning of Warren Buffet’s relationship with Berkshire Hathaway. In 1956, twenty-six-year-old Buffett formed the investment firm Buffett Partnership Ltd., which later ... More


Budget-conscious and Earnest

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0004
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter explores the first of the Berkshire values—budget consciousness—through the story of car insurance company GEICO. GEICO, established by former United Services Automobile Association ... More


Berkshire’s Portfolio

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0013
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter looks at investees—companies in which Berkshire has a minority interest. Investees may fail, be acquired, reorganize, or become marketable securities that Berkshire sells or trades. ... More


Hands Off

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0008
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter discusses Berkshire’s hands-off management approach that stresses decentralization and individual autonomy. This approach was made by choice but became necessary by default—with such a ... More


Investor Savvy

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0009
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter discusses the importance of being investment savvy through the stories of the following Berkshire companies: McLane Co. Inc., a grocery wholesaler and distributor; MiTek, a manufacturer ... More


Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Lawrence Cunningham

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

Berkshire Hathaway, the $300 billion conglomerate that Warren Buffett built, is among the world’s largest and most famous corporations. Yet, for all its power and celebrity, few people understand ... More


Challenges

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0015
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter considers some of the challenges that Buffett’s potential successors might face. One of these is realizing that Buffett’s unique approach to acquisitions, which has served Berkshire ... More


Eternal

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0011
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter focuses on the companies that Berkshire has given permanent homes to. These subsidiaries found refuge in Berkshire after suffering from serial ownership by successive parents, leveraged ... More


Introduction

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0017
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This introductory chapter provides a general discussion of Berkshire Hathaway and the secret behind its tremendous success. From its humble roots in 1965, Berkshire has become one of the largest ... More


Kinship

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0006
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter examines the advantages and challenges of family businesses through the experiences of the following Berkshire companies: Nebraska Furniture Mart Inc., RC Willey Home Furnishings, Star ... More


All One

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0012
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter focuses on the Marmon Group. The Marmon Group is a diverse conglomerate comprised of hundreds of different companies in numerous sectors, including financial services, transportation, ... More


Culture

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0003
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter discusses Berkshire Hathaway’s corporate culture. Corporate culture is defined by a set of shared beliefs, practices, and outlooks that determine a corporation’s expectations and ... More


Self-starters

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0007
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter focuses on individuals who embody the entrepreneurial spirit that pervades Berkshire culture. While many associate entrepreneurship with a habit of incubating businesses and moving on to ... More


Epilogue

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0018
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter presents some final thoughts. This book has examined Berkshire and its subsidiaries to generate a picture of Berkshire’s corporate culture. It has shown that in all these ... More


B.E.R.K.S.H.I.R.E.

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0016
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter discusses the lessons that others take away from Berkshire and its subsidiaries. The stories of these subsidiaries animate a few fundamentals. First among these is to be budget ... More


Rudimentary

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0010
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

Berkshire subsidiaries are a mix of companies with instant brand name recognition, such as Dairy Queen and Fruit of the Loom, and less familiar ones such as FlightSafety, ISCAR/IMC, and Lubrizol. ... More


Reputation

Lawrence A. Cunningham

in Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231170048
eISBN:
9780231538695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170048.003.0005
Subject:
Business and Management, Strategy

This chapter underscores the importance of investing in reputation through the experiences of the following Berkshire subsidiaries: the manufactured housing company Clayton Homes Inc., the furniture ... More


Why Climate-Change Skeptics Are Wrong

Kristin Shrader-Frechette

in What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199794638
eISBN:
9780199919277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794638.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 1 begins by stressing the severity of climate change (CC) and showing how, contrary to popular belief, atomic energy is not a viable solution to ... More


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