Saturday, May 6, 2017

'The Testament of a Furniture Dealer': Read the Nine Cornerstones of IKEA

The booklet "The Testament of a Furniture Dealer" (PDF) was written by IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad in 1976 and describes the essence of IKEA as a company and its cornerstones in nine segments.

From segment number 4 – "Reaching good results with small means":

That is an old IKEA idea that is more relevant than ever. Time after time we have proved that we can get good results with small means or very limited resources.


Waste of resources is one of the greatest diseases of mankind.Many modern buildings are more like monuments to human stupidity than rational answers to needs. But waste costs us even more in little everyday things: filing papers that you will never need again; spending time proving that you were right anyway; postponing a decision to the next meeting because you do not want to take the responsibility now; telephoning when you could just as easily write a note or send a fax. The list is endless.

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