Age of Unreason

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In an era when change is constant, random, and, as Handy calls it, discontinuous, it is necessary to break out of old ways of thinking in order to use change to our advantage. Handy examines how dramatic changes are transforming business, education, and the nature of work. We can see it in astounding new developments in technology, in the shift in demand from manual to cerebral skills, and in the virtual disappearance of lifelong, full-time jobs. Handy maintains that discontinuous change requires discontinuous, ...
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In an era when change is constant, random, and, as Handy calls it, discontinuous, it is necessary to break out of old ways of thinking in order to use change to our advantage. Handy examines how dramatic changes are transforming business, education, and the nature of work. We can see it in astounding new developments in technology, in the shift in demand from manual to cerebral skills, and in the virtual disappearance of lifelong, full-time jobs. Handy maintains that discontinuous change requires discontinuous, upside-down thinking, and discusses the need for new kinds of organizations, new approaches to work, new types of schools, and new ideas about the nature of our society.

George Bernard Shaw observed that the reasonable man adapts himself to the world while the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. In this book, Charles Handy shows why we need more unreasonable men and women today with the ability to break out of old ways of thinking in order to use change to our advantage.

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Named one of "The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books" by TIME Magazine (TIME.com)
Library Journal
Handy, a British specialist in organizational management, predicts that the 21st century will be the Age of Unreason. In an era when changes in business and society will be ``discontinuous'' or patternless, he suggests that our thinking must become discontinuous or ``unreasonable'' in order to use such changes to our advantage. While his thesis is generally in line with strategists like Tom Peters In Search of Excellence, LJ 2/15/83, Handy focuses more on the philosophy, rather than the mechanics, of adaptive change in society. His examples from the business world are interestingly extended to social institutions like marriage and family. Nicely written, this should be popular with open-minded management types. A good addition to management collections.--Mark L. Shelton, Columbus, Ohio
Booknews
Handy argues that as a society we are unprepared for the dramatic changes we face in the years ahead as organizations evolve to respond to new technologies and changing social patterns, affecting the nature and shape of work, educational systems, marriages, retirement, and politics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875843018
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1991
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles Handy is an author and broadcaster living in London. He is a Fellow at the London Business School where he was a professor for many years. His books have sold over one million copies around the world. He has been, in his time, an oil executive, a business economist, a professor, and Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts.
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