By Matthew Stewart
A great, not-to-be neglected account of the explanations why administration thinks how it does―and why they're flawed.
If CEOS, experts, best managers, and different monetary wizards are so shrewdpermanent, how come they screw up so badly? Why is there no correlation whatever among a company institution schooling and luck in enterprise? Why may perhaps you be at an advantage learning anything as beside the point as―philosophy?
In The administration Myth, Stewart deals:
- An insightful romp throughout the complete background of pondering administration, with memorable sketches of Frederick Winslow Taylor, Elton Mayo, Peter Drucker, Michael Porter, Tom Peters, and different administration celebrities
- A devastating critique of pseudoscience in administration thought, from the clinical administration stream to the modern disciplines of approach and organizational behavior
- A swashbuckling account of the increase and much-anticipated fall of administration consulting, laced with own stories approximately cryptic PowerPoint displays; the bait-and-hold innovations that retain consumers paying to be informed what they already comprehend; and the colourful inner politics at his personal ill-fated consulting company, the place opponents for strength chanced on inventive makes use of for an in-house shrink
- Historical standpoint on why such a lot of CEOs make much more than they deserve
- A transparent rationalization of why the MBA frequently quantities to a lot BS
With wit and knowledge, Stewart makes an electrifying case that the questions and insights of administration theorists belong to not the sciences yet to philosophy, and that, within the bottom line, “a solid supervisor is not anything roughly than a very good and well-educated person.”
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