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False Prophets: The Gurus Who Created Modern Management And Why Their Ideas Are Bad For Business Today Paperback – International Edition, April 17, 2003
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Power is indeed a key concept for political scientists, as interest is for economists, and both concepts may help them to build theories or propose models of corporate behavior. But management scholars are practically oriented, and they know that power or interests can sometimes be bad for practice. That is why politics is a bad name in a private business setting, and motivation takes many forms other than paycheck retribution.
According to Hoopes, the simple existence of top-down management power contradicts the democratic political values at the heart of American culture. "Ordinary citizen get their closest exposure to undemocratic government when they go to work for a corporation." The book argues that remembering that contradiction, rather than covering it up, as many management theorists have done, is the best way to manage well. "Top-down power and its potential abuse are here to stay in corporate America. It is foolish to think otherwise." So it is better to admit that we live two lives, one as free citizen and one as submissive employees, and that instead of extending corporate values in our democratic institutions we should build checks and balances in our political system to limit the abuse of management power. Unfortunately this is not the direction that management gurus have taken.Read more ›
But Mr Hoopes is no Seattle street fighter. Showing the moral difference between free government and management is only one part of his project. He knows that not everything democratic is good; and not everything good is democratic. Mr Hoopes praises management for its many achievements in the sphere of business organisation and defends it against those 'false prophets' who attempted to give it democratic legitimacy. Management is legitimate because in its rightful place, the business world, management achieves what businesses need and what society needs business to provide: profit, productivity, workplace order, efficiency, speed and flexibility.
Outside of that sphere, however, management is bad. Applying 'industrial best practice' to free government is to fetter the people. So, Mr Hoopes argues, let us weigh the worth of management and free government on different moral scales and never get them confused. Though he never makes the analogy himself, Mr Hoopes is arguing for a similar distinction we already make with judicial courts and military structures. Neither of those are democratic either, though both are useful and good and enable the larger democratic project to continue.Read more ›
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The book so far adds insight into buisness leaders from an outside perspective. I think it is well written and thought out.Published on May 3, 2013 by TS Moody
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Well written, photos I had not seen of Follet and Barnard. Overall interesting, similar in some ways to Gabor's text (Capitalist Philosophers).Published on February 23, 2008 by Dinosar
Hoopes does an very good job deconstructing the neo-managment concept of a democratic workplace, contrasting it with the juxtaposition of top-down power in an ostensibly democratic... Read morePublished on May 26, 2004 by Ken Schroeter