What ails the book publishing industry? The Trouble With Take-overs: A consideration of the impact of Corporate culture upon the culture of publishing.
The relationships that lie at the heart of the creative process, are both personal and delicate. They form the ‘human’ side of the business, where people deal with people. To thrive they require good communication, empathy and perhaps most important of all trust; and here lies the root of ‘the trouble with take-overs’. The relationships that form the cornerstone of a publishing house do not appear on the balance sheet. They are elusive and their importance is often missed by the new corporate management. These relationships will only tolerate a finite degree of interference, and once broken, the engine that drives the business splutters to a halt; the results, which on paper seemed so achievable, are never realised.