Best Laid Plans: The Tyranny of Unintended Consequences and How to Avoid Them

Best Laid Plans: The Tyranny of Unintended Consequences and How to Avoid Them

by William A. Sherden




This intriguing and informative probe into the dynamics of unintended consequences reveal the real reasons our best laid plans often go askew in our political, business, and personal lives.

• 60 case studies clearly illustrate how unintended consequences occurred in current and historical events

• Various charts and figures clarify key points and information

• A bibliography contains 250 books and articles referenced in the book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313385315
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/18/2011
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

William A. Sherden is adjunct professor at the International Business School at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

Table of Contents

1 The Tyranny of Unintended Consequences 1

2 The Web of Life 11

3 The Domino Effect 29

4 The Vicious Cycle 49

5 The Bandwagon Effect 67

6 The Balance of Nature 87

7 Perverse Adaptations 103

8 Coming into Being 121

9 Breaching the Peace 143

10 Thinking through the Maze 165

Notes 177

Bibliography 191

Index 201

What People are Saying About This

Richard Whiteley

"This book is a must read for anyone engaged in personal, organizational or global planning. . . . Sherden's deep research and smooth writing style bring numerous case examples to life. One after another he presents the fascinating realities behind both historical and contemporary events that keep the reader totally engaged. Drawing lessons from these vignettes, Sherden offers five steps we can take to avoid the destructive power of the unintended consequence."

Kevin Ryan

"Sherden explores the poorly understood term, 'unintended consequences,' and reveals compellingly its power and impact on human history. Broad in sweep and generous in anecdote, Best Laid Plans is an outstanding read."

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