Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Toy Industry

Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Toy Industry

Paperback Random House Business Books

By (author) David Robertson, By (author) Bill Breen

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  • Publisher: Random House Books
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 27 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847941168
  • ISBN 13: 9781847941169
  • Illustrations note: Charts and tables
  • Sales rank: 113,460

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Lego is one of the world's best-loved and most familiar brands, adored by generations of children. What is less well known, though, is how close this iconic company came to total collapse in 2003 before staging an astonishing recovery. Brick by Brick is the compelling story of a Danish family-owned company that enjoyed decades of success before its inability to keep in step with a rapidly changing market brought it crashing to earth. It's also the story of an extraordinary turn-around. As disaster stared them in the face, the management of Lego embarked on an audacious and innovative plan to turn their fortunes around, and then painstakingly implemented it. Today, the company is riding high once again, and enjoying results that are the envy of their competitors. Granted unprecedented access to every part of the Lego Group, the authors of Brick by Brick not only chart each twist in the company's story but explain precisely what went wrong and how it was fixed. Their clear-sighted analysis will prove invaluable to all those who want to understand how companies can not only ride the storm of change, but benefit from it.

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David Robertson joined the faculty of the Wharton School in 2011. He teaches Innovation and Product Development in Wharton's undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programmes. From 2002 until 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland's Institute for Management Development (IMD).Bill Breen is the coauthor of The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and of The Future of Management (Harvard Business School Press, 2007).

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"The raw material he deals with is every bit as durable and grip-ping as Lego bricks...Robertson's take on Lego's success holds plenty of lessons for companies pondering how to remain innovative in a fast-changing world." Richard Milne, Financial Times "A nuanced and readable case study." David A. Price, Wall Street Journal