False Prophets: The Gurus Who Created Modern Management and Why Their Ideas Are Bad for Business Today / Edition 1

False Prophets: The Gurus Who Created Modern Management and Why Their Ideas Are Bad for Business Today / Edition 1

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by James Hoopes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0738207985

ISBN-13: 9780738207988

Pub. Date: 04/15/2003

Publisher: Basic Books


According to Jim Hoopes, the fundamental principles on which business is based-authority, power, control-are increasingly at odds with principles of life in a democratic society-freedom, equality, individualism. False Prophets critically examines the pioneering theories of the early management thinkers, such as Taylor, Follett, Mayo, and Deming, which intended to…  See more details below

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According to Jim Hoopes, the fundamental principles on which business is based-authority, power, control-are increasingly at odds with principles of life in a democratic society-freedom, equality, individualism. False Prophets critically examines the pioneering theories of the early management thinkers, such as Taylor, Follett, Mayo, and Deming, which intended to democratize corporate life yet have proved antithetical to the successful practice of business. Hoopes challenges popular management movements that followed in the wake of these thinkers and accuses today's business theorists of perpetuating bad management in the name of democratic values. He urges executives and managers to recognize the realities of corporate life and learn to apply the principles of power. He also unveils a new management agenda that will be of paramount significance to modern organizations.A rich and lively read, False Prophets provides a refreshingly new and original overview of the history of management in the larger context of the American culture, brilliantly illustrating its evolution-from the ivory tower to the shop floor.

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ISBN-13:
9780738207988
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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False Prophets: The Gurus Who Created Modern Management and Why Their Ideas Are Bad for Business Today 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Despite its title, this book doesn¿t say much, or much of substance, about business today. Instead, it concentrates on lively professional and personal profiles of eight twentieth century management theorists of varying impact. Hammer and Champy, who launched the 1990s re-engineering movement, are mentioned only in the conclusion, and the gurus behind managing for shareholder value aren¿t mentioned. A little less detail about peccadilloes of the long dead and a little more about crucial management ideas that have shaped contemporary business might have made the book more relevant. Interestingly, it indicates that slave owners anticipated some of the progressive ideas in modern management but the author leaves it to the readers to make the connection: voila, contemporary workers believe the cant of empowerment about as much as the slaves believed the plantation master¿s pieties. We recommend this book for its anecdotal, gossipy entertainment value. It will make you cautious about management consultants ¿ but if you aren¿t already, you can¿t have spent much time in business.