The Management Myth: Why the Experts Keep Getting It Wrong

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A brilliant, not-to-be missed account of the reasons why management thinks the way it does—and why they are flawed.
If CEOS, consultants, top managers, and other financial wizards are so smart, how come they screw up so badly? Why is there no correlation whatsoever between a business school education and success in business? Why might you be better off studying something as irrelevant as—philosophy?
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Overview

A brilliant, not-to-be missed account of the reasons why management thinks the way it does—and why they are flawed.
If CEOS, consultants, top managers, and other financial wizards are so smart, how come they screw up so badly? Why is there no correlation whatsoever between a business school education and success in business? Why might you be better off studying something as irrelevant as—philosophy?
In The Management Myth, Stewart offers:
An insightful romp through the entire history of thinking about management, with memorable sketches of Frederick Winslow Taylor, Elton Mayo, Peter Drucker, Michael Porter, Tom Peters, and other management celebritiesA devastating critique of pseudoscience in management theory, from the scientific management movement to the contemporary disciplines of strategy and organizational behaviorA swashbuckling account of the rise and much-anticipated fall of management consulting, laced with personal tales about cryptic PowerPoint presentations; the bait-and-hold techniques that keep clients paying to be told what they already know; and the colorful internal politics at his own ill-fated consulting firm, where rivals for power found imaginative uses for an in-house shrinkHistorical perspective on why so many CEOs make so much more than they deserveA clear explanation of why the MBA usually amounts to so much BSWith wit and wisdom, Stewart makes an electrifying case that the questions and insights of management theorists belong not to the sciences but to philosophy, and that, in the final analysis, “a good manager is nothing more or less than a good and well-educated person.”

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Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal
A devastating bombardment of managerial thinking and the profession of management consulting. As a former management consultant, Mr. Stewart lived long enough in the belly of the beast to know its nature.— Philip Delves Broughton
Philip Delves Broughton - The Wall Street Journal
“A devastating bombardment of managerial thinking and the profession of management consulting. As a former management consultant, Mr. Stewart lived long enough in the belly of the beast to know its nature.”
John Perkins
“At last, a book that knocks the Kings of Consulting off their thrones. The Management Myth is a rare and often very humorous exposé on the shenanigans behind the corporate empire that has catapulted us down the current road to economic turmoil.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393065534
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/10/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Stewart is the author of the books The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World and The Management Myth: Debunking the Modern Philosophy of Business. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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