The Geek Way – The Radical Mindset That Drives Extraordinary Results     

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The Geek Way – The Radical Mindset That Drives Extraordinary Results*

By: Andrew McAfee

Little, Brown and Company (Hachette Books) 2023  


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Andrew McAfee completed two Master and two Bachelor of Science degrees at MIT in six years. He later received his doctorate from Harvard Business School, where he taught for fifteen years. He is currently a Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management.   

He is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles, case studies, and other materials for students and teachers of business and technology. He speaks frequently to academic and industry audiences and has taught in executive education programs around the world. 

In The Geek Way McAfee defines a new way to get big things done. He explains that “being geeky” is being a perennially curious person who’s not afraid to tackle hard problems and embrace unconventional solutions. He tackles the central questions of what geeks believe and why they have been so successful in the past few decades.” Kindle location 63 

“By combining management theory, competitive strategy, the science of evolution, psychology, military history, and cultural anthropology, he has produced a remarkable work of synthesis that finally explains, with a single unified theory (which he dubs “the geek way”), the reasons why the tech startup approach has taken over so much of the world. While many of his conclusions come from an in-depth analysis of successful tech startups and tech giants such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix, he also draws lessons from grade-school children, military planners, and chimpanzees.” Kindle location 65 “Along the way, you’ll learn why so many organizations descend into bureaucracy and unethical behavior, and the four key principles you can use to build a culture that combats these value-destroying villains.” Kindle location 70 

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