The Management Myth: Debunking Modern Business Philosophy [NOOK Book]

Overview

“A devastating bombardment of managerial ¬thinking and the profession of management consulting. . . . A serious and valuable polemic.”—Wall Street Journal


Fresh from Oxford with a degree in philosophy and no particular interest in business, Matthew Stewart might not have seemed a likely candidate to become a consultant. But soon he was ...

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The Management Myth: Debunking Modern Business Philosophy

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Overview

“A devastating bombardment of managerial ¬thinking and the profession of management consulting. . . . A serious and valuable polemic.”—Wall Street Journal


Fresh from Oxford with a degree in philosophy and no particular interest in business, Matthew Stewart might not have seemed a likely candidate to become a consultant. But soon he was telling veteran managers how to run their companies.



In narrating his own ill-fated (and often hilarious) odyssey at a top-tier firm, Stewart turns the consultant’s merciless, penetrating eye on the management industry itself. The Management Myth offers an insightful romp through the entire history of thinking about management, a withering critique of pseudoscience in management theory, and a clear explanation of why the MBA usually amounts to so much BS—leading us through the wilderness of American business thought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393072747
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/10/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 768,907
  • File size: 612 KB

Meet the Author

Matthew Stewart is a former management consultant and 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: Why the Experts Keep Getting It Wrong. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

The Accidental Consultant 1

I Doing Things with Numbers

The Whale 17

The Pig-Iron Tale 27

College Man 43

The Truth about the Pigs 47

The Art of Hunting Whales 61

The Management Idol 73

Return to Shore 81

II Putting People First

Independence Day 87

The Ideological Origins of the Humanist Revolution 97

The Counterrevolution 122

The Proper Study of Humankind 127

The Pyramid and Its Discontents 139

III Thinking Ahead

How Strategy Became a Business 151

A Case Study in Strategy 169

Planning While Rome Burns 177

How to Profit from Planning 188

What Consultants Talk about When They Talk about Strategy 194

Consultant, Consult Thyself 199

Strategy in the Classroom 202

The Market Value of Strategy 220

IV Striving for Excellence

Tom Peters Talks to God 229

Free at Last 235

The Science of Excellence 242

The Trial 252

How to Become a Management Guru in Five Easy Steps 261

The Promised Land 282

The Future of Management Education 289

Selected References 305

Bibliographical Appendix 313

Notes 317

Acknowledgments 329

Index 331

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