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HBR Review of Zara Stores

I've never actually been in one..
I’ve never actually been in one..

I recently read about Zara in a book titled “Understanding Michael Porter” by Joan Margretta. The founder Amancio Ortega is now richer than Warren Buffett. Think about that!

Some common themes seem to be decentralized operations and incentivizing line managers to be “owner/operators”

http://bdigital.uao.edu.co/bitstream/10614/2572/1/610042-PDF-ENG.pdf

Au Bon Prop Shop?

AuBonPain

Fascinating article. I don’t know how well Au Bon Pain is doing now but it seemed to work in the 80’s. It reminded me of a prop shop, or multi-manager hedge fund, low base, big cut of upside, but you’re on your own…okay maybe that’s a stretch.

http://www.inc.com/magazine/19870701/4795_pagen_5.html