The Management Myth: Debunking Modern Business Philosophy

The Management Myth: Debunking Modern Business Philosophy

by Matthew Stewart


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393338522
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/16/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 343
Sales rank: 221,207
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Matthew Stewart is the author of Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic, 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.

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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