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The greatest management book you've never read! This book shows how little we have traveled in the study of management and , overall, as a culture since 1961. This book, while written in the stilted, formal style of the 60s, manages to both show the rigor and promise of technocratic society. The rigor is reflected in the dry prose and constant statistics. The promise is clearly seen in the optimism, the desire to create better workplace outcomes. These professionals of the first generation of university business education took the hard-won knowledge of the administration and planning of assembly line industry and WW II and reach for the next level of progress. A quick glance of the chapter headings could be identical to any current management book: leadership, group process, metrics, communication, motivation. Only rather than an anecdotal "Who Took My Cheese and Made it Great by Walking Around" style typical of management books these days, they have done rigorous field studies and reported results. The fact that MBA programs still teach these objectives as new and progressive shows again how little we've progressed in the last 40 years. I dare say that the reading of this book, Quint Studer's "Hardcoding Excellence", and one's test results from Buckman's "Now, Discover Your Strenghts" would afford one of best ideas in business this century; and would likely put one miles ahead as a decision maker and manager when compared with the typical MBA.
Leadership and Organizational Performance
Group Processes and Organizational Performance
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