The Management Myth

The Management Myth

Why the Experts Keep Getting It Wrong

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
A former management consultant and author of The Courtier and the Heretic traces his rise from an Oxford philosophy student to an unlikely business guru, sharing scathing critiques of popular business authorities from Frederick Taylor to Tom Peters while offering penetrating insights into the management industry itself.

Norton Pub
A brilliant, not-to-be missed account of the reasons why management thinks the way it does—and why they are flawed.
If CEOS, consultants, top managers, and other financial wizards are so smart, how come they screw up so badly? Why is there no correlation whatsoever between a business school education and success in business? Why might you be better off studying something as irrelevant as—philosophy?In The Management Myth, Stewart offers: An insightful romp through the entire history of thinking about management, with memorable sketches of Frederick Winslow Taylor, Elton Mayo, Peter Drucker, Michael Porter, Tom Peters, and other management celebritiesA devastating critique of pseudoscience in management theory, from the scientific management movement to the contemporary disciplines of strategy and organizational behaviorA swashbuckling account of the rise and much-anticipated fall of management consulting, laced with personal tales about cryptic PowerPoint presentations; the bait-and-hold techniques that keep clients paying to be told what they already know; and the colorful internal politics at his own ill-fated consulting firm, where rivals for power found imaginative uses for an in-house shrinkHistorical perspective on why so many CEOs make so much more than they deserveA clear explanation of why the MBA usually amounts to so much BSWith wit and wisdom, Stewart makes an electrifying case that the questions and insights of management theorists belong not to the sciences but to philosophy, and that, in the final analysis, “a good manager is nothing more or less than a good and well-educated person.”

Book News
Stewart, a longtime, successful management consultant begins this combination memoir-critique by claiming that management is really about morals and behavior not a set of scientific methods for producing outcomes. Thus, he has set himself at odds with the entire academic discipline of business management. From there he gives his take on the major management gurus of our time, and then exposes us to the very flawed world of management and management consulting. The anecdotes are revealing and the analysis is stimulating. As a tell-all book, this one is thoughtful and won't make Stewart many friends among the ranks of management consultants. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

A former management consultant traces his rise as an unlikely business guru, sharing scathing critiques of popular business authorities from Frederick Taylor to Tom Peters while offering insights into the management industry itself.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393065534
Branch Call Number: 658.001 STE
Characteristics: viii, 343 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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