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Books about HP and acquired companies

For the HPAA's directory of links to sites and articles – the company, the founders, products and reminiscences, reference sites, acquisitions and spinoffs – click here: HP History Links.


Compaq, DEC, EDS, and Tandem

Books about acquired companies: Compaq  DEC  EDS  Tandem


The HP Way

Read the original HP Way and HP Corporate Objectives on the HPAA website: The HP Way


The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company – by David Packard, David Kirby, and Karen Lewis
Collins Hardcover (May 1995) ISBN-10: 0887307477
Collins Paperback (January 2006) ISBN-10: 0060845791 (New forward by Jim Collins.)


Bill & Dave – by Michael S. Malone

"The HP Way was a hard-nosed business philosophy that combined simple objectives, trust in employees to make the right choices, and ruthless self-appraisal. It created an innovative and ferociously competitive company."
Portfolio Hardcover (April 2007) ISBN-10: 1591841526  
Portfolio Paperback (March 2008) ISBN-10: 1591841879 


Bill & Dave's Memos – Edited by Albert Yuen

"I wanted to find out for myself how Bill and Dave ran the company on a daily basis." --Yuen

Some examples: Hewlett announcing the nine-day fortnight. A forceful memo on MBWA and the open door policy. Packard on why a company exists.
2DaysOfSummer Books (February 2007) ISBN-10: 1424327814

Author's LinkedIn profile


HP Strategy  (most recent first)


Becoming Hewlett Packard: Why Strategic Leadership Matters – by Robert A. Burgelman, Webb McKinney, and Philip E. Meza

"In the face of sweeping technological changes that felled most of its competitors, HP transformed itself six times over 77 years. Now in the throes of a seventh transformation."

"What made HP great, and why it began to struggle in more recent years." --McKinney.
Oxford University Press (December 2016)  Hardcover and Kindle: ISBN-10: 0190640448 

Search the entire text: Amazon   Contents and reviews: Oxford University Press   MIT Technology Review article   Computer History Museum video


The HP Phenomenon: Innovation and Business Transformation – by Charles House and Raymond Price

"While primarily a history of Hewlett-Packard, 'The HP Phenomenon' also holds profound lessons for engineers, managers, and organizational leaders hoping to transform their own organizations."
Stanford University Press (October 2009) ISBN-10: 0804752869

Authors: Chuck House's blog   


Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies – by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras

HP is extensively discussed.
Collins Hardcover (October 1994) ISBN-10: 0060566108 1st edition
Collins Paperback (August 2002) ISBN-10: 0060516402 3rd edition

Author: website 


HP Events and Personalities  (most recent first)


How It All Began... Again! The First 40 Years of Hewlett-Packard in Colorado Springs – Les Bailey, Mary Lou Bailey, Joetta Hoewisch, and Larry Koperski

“It was a different kind of a work world, a place where, for the most part, our bosses were not our bosses, they were our friends. A place where we worked hard and played hard, a place where we liked going to work in the morning, a place that shared with us the rewards of our labors... and a place where layoffs were avoided at all costs.”

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 2015)  Order 


Ready Fire Aim – by Paul C. Ely

The man who turned a dying division into multi-billion-dollar business talks very frankly about what he did right, what he did wrong -- and how drastic changes in HP's culture caused him to leave in 1985.
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 2014) ISBN-10: 1493751352


Apparently So: A collection of short humor and other articles – by David L. Price

Some of the pieces are from his famous internal columns during a time of great turmoil at HP. Plus vignettes about working with Lew Platt and Carly Fiorina.
David Price Communications (January 2013) ISBN-10: 0986437808


The Power of Many: Values for Success in Business and in Life – by Meg Whitman and Joan O'C Hamilton

Written before running for Governor of California. Covers business experience at eBay and previous companies.

Crown Hardcover (January 2010) ISBN-10: 0307591212

Three Rivers Paperback (September 2010) ISBN-10: 159184181X 


The Big Lie: Spying, Scandal, and Ethical Collapse at Hewlett Packard – by Anthony Bianco

"Authoritative account by the former BusinessWeek writer Anthony Bianco" --NYTimes

PublicAffairs (May 2010) ISBN-10: 1586488031 

Author's comments two years later: website  


Build An Industry Hot Rod: The Nuts and Bolts of Leaving Competitors in the Dust – by Marvin L. Patterson

Many references to HP, based on the author's '73 - '93 HP R&D management experience. 
Dileab Publishing (October 2008) ISBN-10: 0981728405
Author: website


Valley Boy: The Education of Tom Perkins – by Tom Perkins
Perkins resigned from HP four times – twice as an employee and twice as a director.
Gotham Hardcover (November 2007) ISBN-10: 1592403131

Gotham Paperback (October 2008) ISBN-10: 1592404030  B00263J6KY


Tough Choices: A Memoir – by Carly Fiorina

Written before running for Senator from California. Covers business experience at AT&T, Lucent, and HP.
Portfolio Hardcover (October 2006) ISBN-10: 159184133X

Portfolio Paperback (September 2007) ISBN-10: 159184181X 

Author website


Backfire: Carly Fiorina's High-Stakes Battle for the Soul of Hewlett-Packard – by Peter Burrows

"Fiorina won by a whisker, after the most expensive proxy fight in history and a dramatic lawsuit that accused the company of illegally fixing the vote." 
Wiley Hardcover (February 2003) ISBN-10: 0471267651 


Perfect Enough: Carly Fiorina and the Reinvention of Hewlett Packard – by George Anders
Portfolio Hardcover (January 2003) ISBN-10: 1591840031
Portfolio Paperback (January 2004) ISBN-10: 1591840325 

Author's LinkedIn profile


The Soul in the Computer: The Story of a Corporate Revolutionary – by Barbara Waugh

A 60's radical attempts to transform the HP culture.
Inner Ocean Paperback (October 2001) ISBN-10: 1930722036

Inner Ocean Hardcover (October 2001) ASIN: B002WEUGY2 


How It All Began: Hewlett-Packard's Loveland Facility – by Kenneth Jessen

Jessen is author of many books and articles on Colorado history.
J V Publications Paperback (July 2001) ISBN-10: 1928656021

J V Publications Hardcover (1999) ASIN: B002WEUGY2 


Leading Product Innovation: Accelerating Growth in a Product-Based Business – by Marvin L. Patterson and John Fenoglio
The traditional practice of delegating full responsibility for product innovation to the engineering department is worse than outdated -- it is downright reckless.
Wiley (October 1999) ISBN-10: 0471345172 


Accelerating Innovation: Improving the Process of Product Development – by Marvin L. Patterson and Sam Lightman
How concepts from the manufacturing domain -- such as Work In Process and cycle time reduction -- can be applied in R&D.
Van Nostrand Reinhold (November 1992) ISBN-10: 0442013787 


The Gamesman: The New Corporate Leaders – by Michael Maccoby

Dick Hackborn is the thinly-disguised example.
Bantam Paperback (January 1978) ISBN-10: 0553114506 or ISBN-10: 0553230999
Simon & Schuster Hardcover (January 1977) ISBN-10: 0671223534 


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