Monday, February 15, 2010

Snake Oil

The Management Myth: Management Consulting Past, Present & Largely Bogus 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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hammersox said...

Thanks for turning me on to this book. I've picked up a copy and am looking forward to reading it. We have to put up with this imbecilic crap at work all the time, and it's tough to convince people just how stupid it is. I'm hoping stuff like this makes the necessary persuasion just a little bit easier...

Sassmaster said...

Ooo! I'm glad you can put it to practical use. He really does demystify the management consultants. You can almost hear them screaming: "Nooooooooooo..."

Anonymous said...

You have really great taste on catch article titles, even when you are not interested in this topic you push to read it

Anonymous said...

It is useful to try everything in practice anyway and I like that here it's always possible to find something new. :)