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Instant Management: The Best Ideas from the People Who Have Made a Difference in How We Manage

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What exactly are Deming's famous 14 points? How can managers analyze their own company's competitiveness using Michael Porter's strategies for competitive advantage? How did Peters and Waterman's In Search of Excellence formula get debunked with the 1980s? How do companies really Thrive on Chaos? If you don't have ready answers for these important management questions, Instant Management is the book for you - whether you've been out of school for years and forgotten the details of the economic Major Works, or ...
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Overview

What exactly are Deming's famous 14 points? How can managers analyze their own company's competitiveness using Michael Porter's strategies for competitive advantage? How did Peters and Waterman's In Search of Excellence formula get debunked with the 1980s? How do companies really Thrive on Chaos? If you don't have ready answers for these important management questions, Instant Management is the book for you - whether you've been out of school for years and forgotten the details of the economic Major Works, or it's the night before the exam and you need a quick "refresher" on all the semester's reading. Taking the best ideas from the most important management thinkers of our time, Instant Management is the ideal reference guide for understanding modern management strategy. In quick, easy-to-read essays, Carol Kennedy provides concise summaries capturing the essence of thirty-four seminal thinkers and their major works. In addition to the blow-by-blow key points for each theorist, every entry includes a brief biography and a list of important source titles. Instant Management is perfect reading for the busy executive or student. Covering a range of thinkers spanning the century - from Max Weber to Tom Peters, from F. W. Taylor to Rosabeth Moss Kanter - this user-friendly guide is indispensable for gaining the greatest amount of knowledge in the management field in the shortest amount of time. Why read thirty-four business texts when you can read just one?

Perfect for the busy executive or student, this user-friendly reference summarizes the key theories of 34 renowned business thinkers who have shaped corporate management strategy. Not only a guide to theory, this important tool is also helpful for appraising company performance and providing ideas for improvement.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kennedy, executive editor of the British Institute of Directors' journal, Director , provides a welcome guide to today's ever-growing flood of books by management ``gurus'' in 34 summaries of management theories and brief, lively biographies of authors and important titles. Claiming that many of the gurus ``build on each other's ideas and their own,'' she points out that the writings of General Motors decentralizer Alfred P. Sloan and AT&T's ``Organization Man,'' Chester Barnard, as well as F. W. Taylor's mechanistic management theories and Douglas McGregor's and Abraham Maslow's advocacy of human motivation have influenced generations of leaders. And she reports that while quality-control pioneers like W. E. Deming inspired Japan's industrial miracle, Tom Peters and Robert Waterman coauthored the world's bestselling business book, In Search of Excellence. (Feb.)
Barbara Jacobs
At last! Crib notes of sorts for executives and managers who just can't keep up with the latest business theories and jargon. Actually, British trade editor Kennedy includes late-nineteenth-century deep thinkers such as Max Weber and F. W. Taylor as well as the flashier prophets of our times--Rosabeth Moss Kantor and Tom Peters, among others. Each of the 33 sections features a profile of one of these theorists (or, in the case of Peters and Waterman, two bios), a "Reader's Digest"-like summary of their major tenets, plus a short bibliography. Even more fascinating (and underdeveloped) is the author's introduction about the making of a management guru--the branding, packaging, and show business routines involved--and traits for success. A popular way to become savvy enough to insert "big ideas" into conversation; too bad that the two-year delay in U.S. publication didn't allow Kennedy to update references and bibliographies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688119508
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 201

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Age of the Guru
1 John Adair 1
2 H. Igor Ansoff 7
3 Chris Argyris 17
4 Chester Barnard 23
5 Warren Bennis 27
6 Edward de Bono 32
7 Alfred D. Chandler 38
8 W. Edwards Deming 42
9 Peter Drucker 49
10 Henri Fayol 60
11 Charles Handy 66
12 Frederick Herzberg 73
13 John Humble 77
14 Elliott Jaques 81
15 Joseph M. Juran 85
16 Rosabeth Moss Kanter 89
17 Theodore Levitt 97
18 Rensis Likert 102
19 Douglas McGregor 107
20 Abraham Maslow 113
21 Elton W. Mayo 117
22 Henry Mintzberg 123
23 Kenichi Ohmae 133
24 Richard T. Pascale 140
25 Tom Peters and Bert H. Waterman, Jr. 147
26 Michael Porter 156
27 Reg Revans 162
28 Edgar H. Schein 167
29 Richard J. Schonberger 172
30 E. F. Schumacher 177
31 Alfred P. Sloan 180
32 F. W. Taylor 187
33 Max Weber 191
Glossary of Management Terms 196
Recommended General Reading 202
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