©2009 Matthew Stewart; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
A good perspective on the business of management and strategy especially well suited for current graduate/MBA students who will undoubtedly find the authors opinions thought-provoking in challenging the current business education model.
I always had a weird feeling regarding the stuff I "learned" at business school and always had a lot of criticisms regarding general "management theory" and Matthew managed to voice them in a well written and funny way, going through the history of the matter, pointing out their failings and even some positive points, while using his background in philosophy to provide interesting references and contrast to the subject.
I didn't expect to like the book so much but I highly recommend it, for people with business education to get a different non-status quo view and for anybody else as an antidote to "business guru magic".
I found this book highly entertaining and couldn't stop listening to it till I was done. For anyone that has had the "pleasure" of working with those high paying consultants hired by senior management, you know the ones that borrow your watch to tell you the time and then keep your watch as compensation, the author reaffirms what you and anyone that actually runs a business for real have always known was BS. The author's style is easy-going, funny and his arguments are cohesive, making for a really easy read or listen. I highly recommend this book for anyone who's been tortured or worse been downsized as a result of contact with a high-paying consultant.
This was just Awful, it starts with a confession that the author made a career out of scamming companies. He admits that he was being sold as an expert on subjects he has no expertise in, charging companies millions of dollars for his firm. He combines his confession with ramblings about how awful management is. The author points to concepts that were created and proposed in the early 1900's as evidence that management is bad and business schools shouldn't exist. I did manage to finish the book, but only out of curiosity, I wanted to see if he had a point. It was a little like watching (or listening to) a train wreck.
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