Review of Good to Great and the Social Sectors

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Jim Collins, author of the popular business book Good to Great, decided to write a follow up geared towards those who work in the social sector after realizing that over 30% of those who bought his original book worked in social enterprises and nonprofits. The resulting monograph is not a new book so much as it is a response to a number of questions he received from these readers.

The content is based on a number of workshops and interviews that Jim conducted with over 100 leaders in the social sector. His conclusion is that a similar distinction exists between good and great organizations in both the social sector and the business sector. Collins uses many real life case studies to illustrate the concepts he discusses, including examples fro the Girl Scouts, the NYPD and a high school science department.

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph

The monograph Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins was first published in 2005, and it is the result of Jim’s interest in the social sectors which has grown over time. This interest was sparked by the knowledge that his business publications were having a big impact on social organizations as well. As Jim learned about the unique challenge facing leaders in the social sector, he realized the need for some advice tailored specifically to them. Rather than publish the monograph as a chapter in a future edition of Good to Great, he deiced to publish it as an independent piece. While it can be read as a stand alone work, it is written to go together with the original book and will provide the greatest value to those who read both together.

Review of Good to Great and the Social Sectors

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While the majority of those readers to review Jim Collin’s monogram Good To Great and the Social Sectors found the work very useful and well written, a few negative reviews also offer some important criticisms. One reader, for example, notes that the book would have been much more useful had it been published as an update to the original Good to Great book.

However, on its own it doesn’t stand up very well and seems to lack the same level of in depth research that was featured in the original book. Given this fact, some readers felt that they were overpaying for the monograph. Another reader who is a federal employee also felt the monograph was overpriced and too short to be worth $9. Another reader notes that Collins fails to give enough examples or metrics to back up his assertions, and fails to define many of the terms he uses.