Management Fads and Buzzwords: Critical-practical Perspectives

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Business & Economics - 413 pages
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Around 5,000 business and management titles are published every year, and increasingly, their preferred mode of presentation is centred on the creation and marketing of buzzwords and fads. This book argues that these management fads and buzzwords deflect critical inquiry and limit useful action because they present a 'ready made' view of the world, which rejects the benefits of theoretical analysis and reflection. Topics covered include:

* the 'guru industry'
* 'excellence'
* business process re-engineering
* empowerment
* culture
* knowledge work
* globalization.

'Unpacking' the 'guru industry' and analyzing the fads and buzzwords, this book provides a 'critical-practical' analysis, designed to allow readers to locate, understand and critique management fashion.

 

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Contents

Practical Management and its CriticalPractical Alternative
19
The Nature of Management
51
The Guru Industry
78
Culture
115
Excellence
146
Total Quality Management
174
Empowerment
213
Business Process Reengineering
250
Downsizing
281
Knowledge Work
314
Globalization
344
Concluding Comments
382
Bihlingraphy
388
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Collins is of the University of East Anglia.

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