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Prudence and Audacity: The House of Beretta

Abstract

 After over four centuries in business, the Beretta family's gun making enterprise stands at an important threshold. The family and its hometown have provided the cultural and philosophical underpinnings that have seen the company through good times and bad. Now, the firm must address a more insidious challenge. How to continue to grow and adapt to new market and competitive situations while retaining the core that brought the company to where it is today. The role of corporate culture is juxtaposed with stability in the face of change, dedication to craftsmanship and the latest technology, close-knit family bonds and an ardor for individualism. The exercise of seemingly contradictory business concepts and approaches is examined.

Type

Case

Author(s)

John L. Ward, Colleen Lief

Date Published

2005

Citations

Ward, L. John, and Colleen Lief. 2005. Prudence and Audacity: The House of Beretta. Lausanne: IMD Case Collection.

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