The Management Myth: Management Consulting Past, Present & Largely Bogus by Matthew Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. The author explores the history and claims of management consulting. He exposes many of the professions most well-loved stories and gurus, including Frederick Taylor, Peter Drucker, and Tom Peters. He criticizes the pseudo-science used to "prove" the worth of management theory and the lack of real research from business schools. The arguments are fairly dense, but persuasive, and alternate with his own experiences as a management consultant, which are dishy and fun to read.
He wrote an article for the Atlantic several years ago that was the basis for the book. It's a great read:
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