Handy, a British specialist in organizational management, predicts that the 21st century will be the Age of Unreason. In an era when changes in business and society will be "discontinuous" or patternless, he suggests that our thinking must become discontinuous or "unreasonable" in order to use such changes to our advantage. While his thesis is generally in line with strategists like Tom Peters ( In Search of Excellence, LJ 2/15/83), Handy focuses more on the philosophy, rather than the mechanics, of adaptive change in society. His examples from the business world are interestingly extended to social institutions like marriage and family. Nicely written, this should be popular with open-minded management types. A good addition to management collections.
-Mark L. Shelton, Columbus, Ohio
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I bought this book in early 1992, and often think about what Charles Handy said would be the future of work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MCGal
This book is one of my all time favourites. Handy is a management guru of the yesteryears but what he says is applicable for life itself. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Gopa Sen
If you are an entrepeneur or a business man, you must buy this book, it was an incredible time I expend with it, I enjoy reading it, and now this author became one of my favorites,... Read morePublished on April 14, 2010 by Jonathan R. Ortega
If you are remotely lacking contentment, happiness or context for your life and want to know how to take immediate action - read this book. If you already know it all, don't!Published on February 13, 2006 by Alan Evans
I first bought this book by Handy, after that I went bought all the other Handy books as it really make you think about what you do and what will happen in work-provate lives.Published on March 16, 2005 by F. Kurtbayram
This book was a major inspiration behind CEO John Browne's revamping of oil giant BP during the 1990s -- paring the compay to its "core business," massively down-sizing and... Read morePublished on January 22, 2003