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  • Series: Columbia Business School Publishing
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231159706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231159708
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,482,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the core of effectiveness is the ability to anticipate the future. This book provides the tools for doing exactly that. It is a must read.

(Robert E. Quinn, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan)

Don't jump to the end of this book. Let David K. Hurst unfold for you, chapter by chapter, what might otherwise appear a complex model for organizational change. As you absorb his logic you will be inspired by the elegance of his 'Ecocycle.' He weaves together proven managerial concepts with insights from cognitive science, psychology, ecology, history, and philosophy into an entirely intuitive and eye-opening perspective for leadership.

(Kaihan Krippendorff, author of Outthink the Competition: How a New Generation of Strategists Sees Options Others Ignore)

In this outstanding book, David K. Hurst draws on his very considerable executive experience and combines it with a sophisticated understanding of the latest in academic thinking. The New Ecology of Leadership will appeal to both the 'roll up your sleeves' manager and the grounded academic.

(Karl Moore, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University)

A thoughtful, eclectic look at organizations.

(Globe & Mail)

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David K. Hurst's combination of scholarly and practical knowledge of management is rare. Artfully weaving together material from history, science, psychology, economics, and more, he offers an imaginative and compelling book that will appeal to anyone interested in management and economics.

(Ann Graham, contributing editor, Strategy+Business)

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The world, no that's inadequate, the Universe, does not need another how-to management book enumerating the 5, 7, 11 [insert number of choice] secrets of leadership. We do not need another architecturally unsound theory tottering on the foundations of over laden case-studies. We need a fresh, vigorous, expansive, bold, honest, examination of the contextual realities of management. Business executive turned management educator, David K. Hurst has given it to us.
Years ago I developed a controversial and objectively unsubstantiated theory that many executives read the first few chapters of management books on planes then fall asleep bored and fatigued by it all. If you number among them "The New Ecology of Leadership" is much more bite than you can chew.
This is a lot of book. Hurst variously critiques, synthesizes, rejects or applies principles of management practice. An intellectual itinerant we follow Hurst's mental excursions across theories and approaches to management practice that have been articulated and advanced over the last 100 years; more than this, Hurst offers us his own mental framework and guide to tackling challenges in context. At the core of this framework is the notion of the "ecocycle". Hurst offers us an experience-based lens on the shifting challenges that organizations face in the cycle of birth, renewal and decline. Different management "practices" are required in different contexts to overcome the demands of change while resisting stasis in stability.
Hurst illustrates his arguments about the nature of growth, innovation, change and decline in organizations using memorable analogies drawn from nature and describes the attributes and behaviors of the leaders and communities of actors in organizations in the language of anthropology and psychology.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bartley J. Madden on June 15, 2012
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David Hurst's book provides an unusually insightful way of thinking about firm performance over time. The book is elegantly crafted in straightforward language.

The author focuses on how thought is changed by action and experience not by abstract ideas. This is important and brings all sorts of practical managerial benefits as we better appreciate how our minds are "rational in an ecological way," i.e., causality is tied to context.

The book's short and effective chapters will help you to analyze firms' life-cycles in general, and in particular, develop new angles for addressing the hyper-important challenge of sustaining a firm in a highly profitable "zone" in which stability and change are complementary.

Readers will benefit from the wide intellectual net Hurst casts and the manner in which he explains how the ideas of important thinkers fit with the ecological lens.

Bart Madden
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ren Verasco, Managing Principal at ROI Systems, Inc. on May 29, 2012
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David Hurst is a real world manager and thought leader with unequaled academic character. David's observations, drawn from natural conditions, will help you better understand organizational dynamics from the perspective of the environmental conditions that promote superstitious learning, organizational atrophy, a framework for revitalization and more. If you are looking for cues: Where am I - How did I get here - What can I do, The New Ecology of Leadership is insightful and highly recommended.
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By G. Morton-haworth on December 15, 2012
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After vast outpourings of verbal diarrhoea on the slippery topic of Leadership here at last is that rarest of things: a thoughtful synthesis of lived experience and academic thought from a practitioner not striving for the glib prescriptions of gurudom but simply to help us understand better the emergence of the complex contexts in which we are called upon to lead.

It is so authentic and sincere that it is impossible to fault. OK Hurst's diet of ideas and frameworks is so rich that it isn't always the easiest of reads. But who wants to waste their time on anything less profound?

I might wish he had folded in a bit more of Weick and Sutcliffe's "Managing the Unexpected: Assuring High Performance in an Age of Complexity" or Theodore Modis's four-season metaphor of the S-curve. But in so generously sharing with us his journey of discovery, Hurst never pretends that his is the last word.

I don't quite buy his entire ecology framework but that only makes it more valuable and thought-provoking. Nevertheless, it is a book I wish I had written and I can't say more than that. It has got to have a five-star rating.

I can't wait until David's next book, and the next instalment in this wonderful, evolving distillation of management thought and practice.

Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James G on October 2, 2014
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Ties together so much of the old with practical implementable new solutions for the future.

Not either...or, but both...and!

Been waiting for this book for 20 years.
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More About the Author

David K. Hurst a speaker, educator and writer on management. As a reflective practitioner, he has a unique niche in the field. He spent twenty-five years working in corporations in several countries in a series of organizational "train wrecks" as the Western World began its radical transition from the industrial era to the age of knowledge and information. He extracted from his experience some highly innovative ideas about leadership, the management of change and the dynamics of organizations that promote creativity and learning.

He has honed these ideas for twenty years as an educator to managers and organizations around the globe. The New Ecology of Leadership: Business Mastery in a Chaotic World is his most ambitious and comprehensive book to date. It is a successor to Crisis & Renewal: Meeting the Challenge of Organizational Change.

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