Management and Machiavelli: Discovering a New Science of Management in the Timeless Principles of Statecraft

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Anthony Jay shows you how the new science of management is a continuation of the old art of government. By looking at your own corporate organization in a political/historical context, you can fully understand its power structure - what Machiavelli wrote about statecraft in the sixteenth century holds true for business and management in the late twentieth century. Applying Machiavellian precepts to such modern corporations as General Motors, Apple Computer, and Microsoft, Jay discovers self-contained states with ...
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Anthony Jay shows you how the new science of management is a continuation of the old art of government. By looking at your own corporate organization in a political/historical context, you can fully understand its power structure - what Machiavelli wrote about statecraft in the sixteenth century holds true for business and management in the late twentieth century. Applying Machiavellian precepts to such modern corporations as General Motors, Apple Computer, and Microsoft, Jay discovers self-contained states with courtiers and diplomats, orthodoxy and heresy lurking under their smooth corporate veneers. Though humorous, Jay's message is clear. To understand the workings of corporation or states, you must understand the nature and behavior of their leaders. And that hasn't changed since the Middle Ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780893842604
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
1 Management and Machiavelli 1
2 The State, the Corporation, and the Devil 13
3 The Machiavelli Method 25
4 From Baronies to Empires 33
5 The King and the Barons 41
6 The American Papacy 51
7 Renaissance and Reformation 59
8 Centralization or Decentralization? 67
9 The Fearful Symmetry 77
10 The Creative Manager 91
11 Creative Intercourse 99
12 Educating for Creativeness 107
13 Creative Groups 115
14 The Yogi and the Commissar 123
15 The Vision 133
16 Fame and Feedback 141
17 Chamber of Horrors 151
18 Barons and Courtiers 161
19 The Successor 169
20 The Emperor 177
21 Spot the Winner 185
22 Gresham's Law of Management 193
23 The General 201
24 Risk and Restraint 209
25 Religion and the Corporation 219
26 Nonconformism 229
27 The Principle of Self-interest 235
28 Democracy and the Corporation State 243
29 Conclusion 255
Endnotes 259
Notes Toward a Bibliography 263
Index 265
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