Herb Addison

Herb Addison is Editorial Director of FinancialDarwinism.com. He has worked in academic and professional book publishing for over forty years and as an editor and writer in the field of business books for almost thirty years. As Vice President and Executive Editor of Business Books at Oxford University Press until 2000, he was responsible for building a list of books in business strategy, the management of technology, and knowledge creation. Since then he has helped to develop and write several cutting-edge books including “Idealized Design: Creating an Organization’s Future” (2006), by Russell L. Ackoff, Jason Magidson, and Herbert J. Addison, and “Ultimate Leadership: Winning Execution Strategies for Your Situation” (2008), by Russell E. Palmer. Most recently he has worked closely with Leo Tilman on the development of “Financial Darwinism: Create Value or Self-Destruct in a World of Risk.”

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Goldman/Facebook Deal Leverages Innovation and Dynamism

Posted by Herb Addison, April 2nd, 2011, 5:10pm

In its recent investment in Facebook, Goldman Sachs demonstrated noteworthy innovation and dynamism demanded by the new economic environment. When markets stabilized as the financial crisis subsided, like other financial firms, Goldman found that opportunities to make above-market returns vanished. Moreover, competitive pressures intensified, higher capital requirements and fee regulation threatened to diminish future earnings [...]

Commercial Banks 1; Investment Banks 0

Lessons from the Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Conversions
Posted by Herb Addison, Jon Leaf, Leo M. Tilman, November 5th, 2008, 6:17pm

In American cinema, media, and popular opinion, the job of an investment banker has always been viewed as incomparably more glamorous than that of a commercial banker. Investment banks were portrayed to be on the forefront of innovation, complexity, and risk-taking. Commercial banks, on the other hand, projected a much more subdued and routine-driven image. The GS and MS conversions into bank holding companies shed new light on the long-standing debate.

Financial Darwinism explores the origins, drivers, and implications of the ongoing tectonic financial shift. It then equips executives and investors with actionable approaches to creating lasting economic value amidst complexity and uncertainty.

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