Beyond The Hype

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This is a reprint of a previously published work. It deals with good mangement based on action and the judgment of the individual manager on deciding
appropriate action.

In recent years there has been a plethora of business advice on how to make companies more successful. Unfortunately, magic solutions rarely meet expectations and can actually detract from the real job at hand. Now comes a groundbreaking work that goes beyond the ...

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Overview

This is a reprint of a previously published work. It deals with good mangement based on action and the judgment of the individual manager on deciding
appropriate action.

In recent years there has been a plethora of business advice on how to make companies more successful. Unfortunately, magic solutions rarely meet expectations and can actually detract from the real job at hand. Now comes a groundbreaking work that goes beyond the verbiage to reveal how things actually get done in organizations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Countering established business planning and design approaches, the authors, faculty members of the Harvard Business School, propose a more ``robust,'' action-oriented manager, characterized as flexible, pragmatic and skilled in the use of language. Research based on wide-ranging, on-site interviews examine, dissect and reconstruct the managerial dynamics in various companies. Although the authors, who use ``she'' and ``her'' as general referential pronoun, disclaim academic jargon, their theoretical, clause-ridden syntax often contradicts rather than highlights the book's central call for direct, effective communication. (Nov.)
Booknews
The authors, from Harvard Business School, argue that the basics of effective management are relatively timeless, in contrast to the ever proliferating business buzzwords and models. Using case studies of successful managers and organizations, they advocate an "action perspective" that highlights the judgment of the individual manager in confronting the constant challenges of organizational life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587982224
  • Publisher: Beard Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Getting Beyond Management Hype 1
Pt. I Building an Action Perspective
2 Rhetoric: The Work of Words 17
3 Action: The Realities of Managing 39
4 Identity: The Quest for the Particular 59
Pt. II Rethinking Management Basics
5 Strategy as a Language Game 87
6 On Structure and Structuring 117
7 Toward Robust Performance Measurement 145
Pt. III Lessons for the Present
8 Making the Knowledge System Work 173
9 Putting Change in Perspective 191
10 Coda: Rediscovering Managerial Practice 205
Notes 213
Bibliography 251
Index 271
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