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Many Worlds, One Life: A Remarkable Journey from Farmhouse to the Global Stage Paperback – March 30 2021

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In this engaging, insightful, and inspiring narrative, Hermann Simon, the world-renowned management thinker, consultant, pricing expert, entrepreneur, and leading authority on the "hidden champions" business model, highlights the influences on his remarkable journey from humble origins on a German farm to advising and sharing the stage with global leaders in industry, academia, and politics.
Born in 1947 in the rural Eifel region of Western Germany, Simon's coming of age parallels that of a country struggling to come to terms with the legacy of World War II and reinvent itself as a new world power. His colorful anecdotes of a youth spent in an agricultural community that in many ways operated as it had since the Middle Ages, reflect the establishment of core values, such as trust, focus, quality, and commitment that served as an anchor against the accelerating pace of technological, economic, political, social, and cultural change in the subsequent decades.  Simon takes readers on a journey through time and space, as his-and our-world transformed from isolated to connected, local to global, revealing lessons learned from the extraordinary people (from Peter Drucker to Henry Kissinger) and places he has encountered along the way, through a career that has evolved from research and education to management consulting to leadership and strategy development on a broad scale. His particular interest in the 
Mittelstand, or "hidden champions," the small and medium-sized companies that exemplify the German business philosophy and served as the engine of its economic revival, becomes a powerful metaphor of his own experiences in blazing new trails while staying true to one's roots.
For anyone familiar with Simon's work and contributions, Many Worlds, One Life reveals unique insights into the man himself and the origins of his ideas on successful leadership and business strategy. But more generally, readers in any field or discipline will recognize how their own stories reflect their ties to the past, their accomplishments in an increasingly complex environment, and, ultimately, their roads to the stars.
"Hermann Simon is one of the very few people who combine a truly global mindset with strong local roots. This rare combination makes him a superb bridge-builder at a time of increasing friction in our global trading system. World-renowned management scholar, successful entrepreneur, engaged citizen - this book tells his life's amazing story in a compelling way." U. Mark Schneider, CEO, Nestlé
"From the moment I met Hermann Simon, through each successive encounter, I have enjoyed increasing returns which are rare in most relationships. Hermann, please continue to open further fields of inquiry in business theory and practice, always with an eye to aligning profit, high purpose, and passion." Philip Kotler, Professor Emeritus of Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
"I bought the book and finished it on the spot before I left the bookstore. When you read his stories from his childhood to recent research and studies, you will learn the never-changing truth that 'Great discernment is cultivated rather than is born.' I also think this book will be a milestone for the younger generations who still have more road to travel." Dr. Chang Gyu Hwang, former CEO, Samsung Electronics and KT Korea Telecom
"In his autobiography, Professor Hermann Simon narrates his experience of growing from the countryside to the international stage and becoming a common friend in Chinese and German economic circles. In recent years, Sino-German pragmatic economic and trade cooperation has maintained a continuous development momentum. In the future, we will look forward to collaborating more with the German business community to uphold multilateralism, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, assist cooperation in various fields to achieve positive results, push the continuous expansion of two-way opening forward." åæ®-åMr. LIU Dianxun 中å人æ°å±åå½åå¡é¨æèµä-è-äºå¡å±å±é- Director General of Investment Promotion Agency of Ministry of Commerce. P.R.China

About the Author

Hermann Simon is the founder and honorary chairman of Simon-Kucher & Partners, the world's leading price consultancy, with over 40 offices in 24 countries. Ranked on the Thinkers50 list of the most influential international management thinkers, he is considered the world's foremost authority on pricing strategy.


Simon has published over 40 books, translated in 27 languages, including the worldwide bestsellers Hidden Champions, Confessions of the Pricing Man, Price Management, and True Profit! No Company Ever Went Broke from Turning a Profit.  From 1995 to 2009 he served as CEO of Simon-Kucher & Partners. He has advised many of the world's leading companies, and has served as a board member of foundations and corporations.


Before committing himself entirely to management consulting, Simon was a professor of business administration and marketing at the Universities of Mainz (1989-1995) and Bielefeld (1979-1989). His visiting professorships include Harvard Business School, Stanford, London Business School, INSEAD, Keio University in Tokyo, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


He has served on the editorial boards of numerous business journals, including the International Journal of Research in Marketing, Management Science, Recherche et Applications en Marketing, Décisions Marketing, and European Management Journal. He was also a columnist for Manager-Magazin, Germany's top business monthly (1988-2015) and president of the European Marketing Academy (EMAC).


Simon studied economics and business administration at the Universities of Cologne and Bonn, where he graduated in economics and earned his Ph.D. in management science. He has received many international awards and three honorary doctorates.  He is honorary professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and the Hermann Simon Business School in Shouguang, China, has been named in his honor.   

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Copernicus Books; 1st ed. 2021 edition (March 30 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 305 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 3030607607
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-3030607609
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 492 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.49 x 1.93 x 23.5 cm
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