The true nature of management is humanity. Unfortunately, the idea of the humanity of management is not yet widely understood. We all used to consider management as a kind of technology based on scientific observation, tended by experts and transferable to students. This idea has its roots firmly planted in the American experience. However, the modern idea of management is right enough to be dangerously wrong.
"As the title suggests, Matthew Stewart’s The Management Myth posits that the modern cult of management, with its attendant consultants and schools and MBAs and gurus and shelves of self-improvement books, is a monumental, gleaming crock in which staggering quantities of cash are steamed in the vapour of highly refined snake oil." The Rationalist Association
"The Management Myth by Matthew Stewart, which is destined to become a classic, advancing tremendously The Witch Doctors criticisms and shortcomings of the consulting industry with the added bonus of taking on business education in general, and the ridiculous idea that management needs to be a profession." accountingweb
"Stewart’s book weighs in at 343 pages but 40 of those are taken up by a list of references, an appendix and the index. The 303 pages of text are an easy and pleasant read. Stewart’s prose is relaxed and straightforward (despite being dotted with words like “rebarbative” and “chthonic”). The book is also liberally laced with fascinating anecdotes and characters." Fred Nickols
"'How can so many who know so little make so much by telling other people how to do the jobs they are paid to know how to do?' The answer to this question, posed by a professor of author Matthew Stewart, is basically the entire volume of The Management Myth, itself. This darkly funny, brutally detailed look at the management consultant class manages to unveil nonsense and presumptions of everyone involved in corporate life in America, from current gurus like Tom Peters (In Search of Excellence) to modern-day Fortune 500 company heads to the worshipped founders of business schools and management theory." Daily Kos
Based on the author's real world experience during the course of her career in supply management, and engineering as a project management professional, this unique guide demonstrates a practical and proven approach to using project management strategies, tools and techniques to consistently create successful procurements that go beyond cost savings. Procurement
Many companies and leaders show little interest in subjecting their business practices and decisions to the same scientific rigor they would use for technical or medical issues. Every day there are opportunities for companies to use better information to gain an advantage over the competition, doing so simply entails using evidence-based
The story takes place in “Goode Farm” and starts with a scarecrow “looking out protectively through his navy blue plastic button eyes”. Though everything looked normal at first, there was something which he gained from his twelve-year experience at the farm that “made him certain something was wrong”. Suddenly, Farmer Goode
Written by Peter F. Drucker, “the” best management guru, writer, speaker, and consultant to ever live, it lays all the basics of what management is, how it should be carried out, and in which direction should it be heading. This reference book is an excellent source for any aspiring manager, whether
Transformations that ignore health and focus only on performance are 1.5 times more likely to fail in the long run. The good news here is that research and experience both tell us that performance and health are not in conflict, but are complementary. To see why, consider a sports team that
Who Are Middle Managers? No one has a job title “Middle Manager.” Who then are middle managers? And how do we distinguish them from those at the top? It is known that senior management makes the decisions that set the organization’s course, whereas middle management interprets and executes those decisions. Middle
Gemba kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy that shows how step-by-step improvements process refinements and enhancements are the surest, easiest, quickest method in maximizing productivity and quality. Defined as the real place where real action occurs, gemba is where products are developed (the lab and design table) and made (the shop floor),
Life is full of surprises and this may be the best thing about it. Every surprise is an opportunity for learning.
We all used to consider management as a kind of technology based on scientific observation, tended by experts and transferable to students.
The scientific management movement derived its passion from America's torrid love affair with science and technology.
The optimistic aspect of scientific management mirrored America's utopian conviction that progress would soon make happiness into a universal law.
At the bottom of all contradictions in the idol of management lies a fundamental refusal to acknowledge the reality of economic power.
Top management takes responsibility for deciding on the mix of business a corporation ought to pursue and for judging the performance of business unit managers.
The concept of strategy as it emerges from the work of the pioneers in the field is essential in defining the function of top management and distinguishing it from that of its social inferiors.
The central insights of management theory are, in fact, the stock in trade of the humanities disciplines.