Book Audits: Sep. 19, 1983


Silicon Valley has become famous for a laid-back corporate-management style that includes hot-tub conferences. Now along comes Andrew Grove, president of Intel, a leading semiconductor maker, with the valley's first primer on business: High Output Management (Random House; 235 pages; $16.95).

An executive's most important task is to spur subordinates to peak performance. Grove emphasizes reducing what he calls an employee's CUA factor, for complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity, to improve teamwork and increase productivity. When the CUA factor is unavoidably high, as when an outside executive is hired to run a troubled division, Grove says, the best advice is to cross...

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