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The Ultimate Business Library: 50 Books That Shaped Management Thinking

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This one-stop guide provides succinct, insightful summaries of 50 books that have changed the business world - broken new ground, set new standards, or revolutionized old, entrenched concepts. From Sun Tzu's The Art of War (500 B.C.) to Nicolo Machiavelli's The Prince (1513) to Frederick W. Taylor's The Principles of Scientific Management (1911) to Alvin Toffler's The Third Wave (1980) to James Champy and Michael Hammer's Reengineering the Corporation (1994), this unique compendium provides a complete overview of...
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Overview

This one-stop guide provides succinct, insightful summaries of 50 books that have changed the business world - broken new ground, set new standards, or revolutionized old, entrenched concepts. From Sun Tzu's The Art of War (500 B.C.) to Nicolo Machiavelli's The Prince (1513) to Frederick W. Taylor's The Principles of Scientific Management (1911) to Alvin Toffler's The Third Wave (1980) to James Champy and Michael Hammer's Reengineering the Corporation (1994), this unique compendium provides a complete overview of the art of management. Some other outstanding business thinkers included are Peter Drucker, W. Edwards Deming, Tom Peters, Philip Kotler, Henry Mintzberg, Charles Handy, and Rosabeth Moss Kanter. The summaries are written in a crisp, lively style that helps clarify the concepts of the original works, no matter what time period they are from. In addition, Gary Hamel (an important business thinker himself, and co-author of Competing for the Future) has written a brief commentary on each book. His illuminating insights provide context to help you understand the place of each book in business history. In addition to the "top 50," the book also includes mini-descriptions of 50 "runners-up" - other management books that have had significant impact. These include books by Charles Babbage, Edward de Bono, John Naisbitt, Laurence Peter and Raymond Hull, and Shoshana Zuboff.
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Entries include books that were written specifically for business audiences such as Pascale's (1990) and Taylor's (1911) as well as more general books that are important to managerial thinking such as Sun Tzu's (500 B.C.), Weber's (1947), Machiavelli's (1513), and Smith's (1776). Each entry features a brief biography of the author and a brief commentary on the book itself. Also included is an appendix of 50 "runners-up," each of which has a few sentences of description. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780814403952
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Publication date: 8/29/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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