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

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

by Carol Kennedy

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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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