Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management

by Jeffrey Pfeffer, Robert I. Sutton
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591398622

ISBN-13: 9781591398622

Pub. Date: 03/21/2006

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

The best organizations have the best talent. . . Financial incentives drive company performance. . . Firms must change or die. Popular axioms like these drive business decisions every day. Yet too much common management “wisdom” isn’t wise at all—but, instead, flawed knowledge based on “best practices” that are actually poor,

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The best organizations have the best talent. . . Financial incentives drive company performance. . . Firms must change or die. Popular axioms like these drive business decisions every day. Yet too much common management “wisdom” isn’t wise at all—but, instead, flawed knowledge based on “best practices” that are actually poor, incomplete, or outright obsolete. Worse, legions of managers use this dubious knowledge to make decisions that are hazardous to organizational health.

Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton show how companies can bolster performance and trump the competition through evidence-based management, an approach to decision-making and action that is driven by hard facts rather than half-truths or hype. This book guides managers in using this approach to dismantle six widely held—but ultimately flawed—management beliefs in core areas including leadership, strategy, change, talent, financial incentives, and work-life balance. The authors show managers how to find and apply the best practices for their companies, rather than blindly copy what seems to have worked elsewhere.

This practical and candid book challenges leaders to commit to evidence-based management as a way of organizational life—and shows how to finally turn this common sense into common practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591398622
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
03/21/2006
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
222,315
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

1Why every company needs evidence-based management3
2How to practice evidence-based management29
3Is work fundamentally different from the rest of life and should it be?57
4Do the best organizations have the best people?85
5Do financial incentives drive company performance?109
6Strategy is destiny?135
7Change or die?159
8Are great leaders in control of their companies?187
9Profiting from evidence-based management217

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