October 7, 2005
Far more than a riveting inside story of the creation of Visa – now the largest commercial enterprise on earth – One from Many is an absorbing story of personal and institutional transformation. Lyrical, profound, often humorous, it explores the ever-increasing change, complex societal problems, and failing institutions that confront us all. Dee Hock chronicles the emergence of a new form of organization that lends chaos and order, which may be critical to a livable future, and shows how it is emerging in such effective organizations as VISA, the Internet, World Weather Watch, and Alcoholics Anonymous. A beautiful blend of history, biography, and philosophy, one from many not only challenges the way we think about organizations, management, and our relationship to the natural world, it’s a rollicking fine story as well.
Dee Hock is founder and CEO emeritus of VISA. In 1991, Hock became one of thirty living Laureates of the Business Hall of Fame, and in 1992 was recognized by Money Magazine as one of the eight individuals who most change the way people live in the previous quarter century.