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Robert Townsend (1920-1998) was an American business executive and author who is noted for transforming Avis into a rental car giant. He was born in Washington, D.C. in 1920. His parents moved to Great Neck, N.Y. where he spent his childhood. After high school, he was accepted to Princeton, graduating in 1942. After graduating college, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, serving for the remainder of World War II.

After the war, he was hired by American Express in 1948. By the time he left the company, he was the senior vice president for investment and international banking. In 1962, Lazard Freres bought Avis, a struggling rental company that had never made a profit in its existence. One of the partners, André Meyer, convinced Townsend to leave American Express and become CEO of Avis. Under his direction as president and chairman, the firm became a credible force in the industry, fueled by the “We Try Harder” advertising campaign (1962—65). Avis also began to have profits, which Townsend credited to Theory Y governance. In 1965, ITT acquired Avis, leading to his departure as president. After leaving Avis, he became a senior partner of Congressional Monitor (1969). He wrote the widely acclaimed essay on business management "Up the Organization", which spent 28 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list upon its publication in 1970.

In 1990, Townsend had to have triple bypass surgery. During the late 1990s, he was the chairman of the executive committee of Leadership Directories, Inc. On January 12 1998, he was vacationing in Anguilla. While telling a fishing story on a ketch, he had a massive heart attack leading to his death.

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Total Books: 28
Up the Organization How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits
Praxus the Edge of Hell Clan Wars
2008 - Praxus the Edge of Hell Clan Wars (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781424194933
ISBN-10: 1424194938
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Reinventing Leadership Strategies to Empower the Organization
2005 - Reinventing Leadership Strategies to Empower the Organization [Collins Business Essentials] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780060820527
ISBN-10: 0060820527
Genre: Business & Money
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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PRO/ENGINEER SOLUTIONS ADVANCED TECHNIQUES  WORKAROUNDS
1999 - Pro/engineer Solutions Advanced Techniques Workarounds (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781566901635
ISBN-10: 1566901634
Genres: Computers & Technology, Science & Math
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Agricultural Incentives in Sub-Saharan Africa Policy Challenges
1999 - Agricultural Incentives in Sub-saharan Africa Policy Challenges [World Bank Technical Paper ; No. 444] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780821345283
ISBN-10: 0821345281
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Reinventing Leadership  Strategies to Empower the Organization
Reinventing Leadership
1997 - Reinventing Leadership (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780749916725
ISBN-10: 0749916729
Genre: Business & Money
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Reinventing Leadership Strategies to Empower the Organization
1995 - Reinventing Leadership Strategies to Empower the Organization (Hardcover)Paperback, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780688126704
ISBN-10: 0688126707
Genre: Business & Money
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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The B-2 Chronicles  Uncommon Wisdom for Un-corporate America
1995 - The B-2 Chronicles Uncommon Wisdom for Un-corporate America (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780399521607
ISBN-10: 0399521607
Genre: Business & Money
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Further Up the Organization/How Groups of People Working Together for a Common Purpose Ought to Conduct Themselves for Fun and Profit
Further Up the Organization
1985 - Further Up the Organization [Coronet Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780340377574
ISBN-10: 0340377577
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Faites dcoller vos hommes et vos entreprises
1985 - Faites Dcoller Vos Hommes Et Vos Entreprises (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782020086356
ISBN-10: 2020086352
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UP THE ORGANIZATION
1983 - Up the Organization (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780449205051
ISBN-10: 0449205053
Genre: Business & Money
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Up The Organization  How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits
The B2 Chronicles How Not to Butt Heads With the Next Generation
Excellence in the Organization/Audio Cassette
Excellence in the Organization/audio Cassette (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781555252267
ISBN-10: 1555252265
Genre: Business & Money
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Still Further Up the Organization
Winning Management Strategies for the Real World
Winning Management Strategies for the Real World (Audio Cassette)
ISBN-13: 9781555253554
ISBN-10: 1555253555
Genre: General
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On Becoming a Leader/Audio Cassettes
On Becoming a Leader/audio Cassettes (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9781555254162
ISBN-10: 1555254160
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