Friday, April 16, 2010

Management Strategy 101

Some years back, an attack on managment theory was published under the name of Fad Surfing in the Boardroom, by Eileen Shapiro. The book's main idea was that management consultants ran a racket in which they got gullible corporate executives to regularly shake up their organizations by pursuing one buzzword-laden management fad after another -- often to little avail.

Now comes The Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World by former Fortune managing editor Walter Kiechel III. This book's attitude toward consultants' theories is diametrically different. The Lords of Strategy is largely an intellectual history of management thinking, not so different in character from such U.S. history books as Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club or Louis Hartz's The Liberal Tradition in America. Kiechel isn't always worshipful of the consultants' ideas, but he does offer a framework in which one year's analysis seems to stand on the shoulders of a previous season's ideas. In other words, the strategic theories are viewed as far from a bunch of scattered and superficial fads.

I learned a lot from Kiechel's well-written, thoughtful volume. But overall, it didn't leave me feeling particularly good about "corporate strategy," which the author sometimes terms "Greater Taylorism." Scientific management tends to treat employees as a means rather than an end -- as easily replaced cogs in the works. We're all easily replaced, as our current 10% unemployment rate attests. For my complete review go to: http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/media/books-dailyfinance-management-theory-to-the-rescue-in-the-lords/19438359/

13 comments:

  1. You blog has a lot of intersting stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!keep the good work on.

    braculus
    www.chemtotal.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. As a reader, I do suggest my favorite book –

    Added Value – the life stories of Indian Business Leaders (http://amzn.com/B009PMPKZ4 “) and

    Added Value – the Life Stories of Leading South East Asian
    Business People – http://amzn.com/B00AWPX0XC”

    These are wonderful books to read.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Healthy fatty liver diet recipes do exist and the good news is you'll have plenty of variety to keep your taste buds from getting bored.

    Shuvo,
    Clipping Path

    ReplyDelete
  4. Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.
    aanrechtblad

    ReplyDelete
  5. The post is written in very a good manner and it entails many useful information for me. I am happy to find your distinguished way of writing the post. Now you make it easy for me to understand and implement the concept.
    bra tape

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is a really nice post and very informative in an interesting line of content. Thanks for sharing your post according to your knowledge your work is good and great way of bring this Topic to discussion.

    Visit: GED Online Diploma

    ReplyDelete
  7. I just wanted to add a comment here to mention thanks for you very nice ideas. I appreciate when I see well written material.
    stenen tafelblad

    ReplyDelete
  8. Concern is more prevalent than almost all people would presume. There is indeed , much free of cost content nowadays via the web, and for sure, lots of different ways to make cash online, but a great number of products really are scams....closetspoeler

    ReplyDelete
  9. I am always searching online for articles that can help me. There is obviously a lot to know about this. We are really grateful for your blog post. A very awesome blog post
    closetspoeler

    ReplyDelete
  10. Specialised forms of guestbooks include hotel registers, wherein guests are required to provide their contact information, and Books of Condolence, which are used at funeral homes and more generally after notable public deaths, such as the death of a monarch or president, or after a public disaster, such as an airplane crash.live chats

    ReplyDelete
  11. Excellent information on your blog, thank you for taking the time to share with us. Amazing insight you have on this, it's nice to find a website that details so much information about different artists
    silicone bh

    ReplyDelete
  12. I like this topic.This site has lots of advantage.I found many interesting things from this site. I must book mark this blog.
    marmeren werkblad

    ReplyDelete
  13. I found this post to be very educational. Thank you for broadening my knowledge of this subject. No doubt its a great piece of writing as well. Thanks
    marmeren keukentablet

    ReplyDelete