- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (September 10, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1422102505
- ISBN-13: 978-1422102503
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Though this authoritative examination of today's static corporate management systems reads like a business school treatise, it isn't the same-old thing. Hamel, a well-known business thinker and author (Leading the Revolution), advocates that dogma be rooted out and a new future be imagined and invented. To aid managers and leaders on this mission, Hamel offers case studies and measured analysis of management innovators like Google and W.L. Gore (makers of Gore-Tex), then lists lessons that can be drawn from them. He doesn't gloss over how difficult it will be to reinvent management, comparing the new and needed shift in thinking to Darwin's abandoning creationist traditions and physicists who had to look beyond Newton's clockwork laws to discover quantum mechanics. But the steps needed to make such a profound shift aren't clearly outlined here either. The book serves primarily as an invitation to shed age-old systems and processes and think differently. There's little humor and few punchy catchphrases—the book has less sparkle than Jeffrey Pfeffer's What Were They Thinking?—but its content will likely appeal to managers accustomed to b-school textbooks and tired of gimmicky business evangelism. (Oct.)
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If companies now innovate by creating new products or new business models...why can t they do the same in how they manage organizations? --The New York Times, December 30, 2007
Like many great inventions, management practices have a shelf life...Gary Hamel explains how to jettison the weak ones and embrace the ones that work. --Fortune, September 19, 2007
There's much here that will resonate with forward-thinking managers. --BusinessWeek, October 8, 2007
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This has great information that can be applied in either traditional organizations or more progressive (in structure and methods of leadership) so should be read by anyone interested in impacting their organization.
The title says it all, "the future of management." You'll read examples of companies who are finding new (and arguably, better) ways to look after employees. Business models have changed so much in the last few decades, especially with Internet access to global markets, that you wonder how the traditional business management style has weathered the storm. I'm not suggesting that we flush the "old" system, by any means. But there are several observations of different styles that can (and should) be incorporated into the modern business manager's toolkit.
Part I: Why Management Innovation Matters; in this part, the author stated the problems we face with the current modern management and how can the new management have the "Ultimate Advantage" over the current management.
Part II: Management Innovation in Action; the authors demontrated examples of Whole Foods, W. L. Gore, and Google and how their "Management Innovation" shapes their management philosophies.
Part III: Imagining the Future of Management: in this part the authors showed how we can escape the orthodox management practices and embrace the new principles including Life, Markets, Democracy, Faith, and Cities while overcoming difficult challenges that we are going to face.
Part IV:Building the Future of Management: this part tells us how can we learn the lessons from IBM and Best Buy along with how can we put the beliefs we demonstrated earlier into practices.
Review Method: The score will show how close this book is to the ideal: A business book which is easy to read, distinct, credible, practical, insightful, and provides great reading experience.
Ease of Understanding: 7/10: The Future of Management is a book with a straightforward structure, there are examples followed by the related principles of Life, Markets, Democracy, Faith, and Cities that define the new management. And the conclusion and the "idea" on how to implement them are clear but we couln't say this is the easiest read because of the abstractness of the ideas.
Distinction: 9/10: To be perfectly honest, there are many books on the so-called "future" already, we already talked about Google and the idea of flat organisation is not new. The reason that I give The Future of Management a near-perfect score on distinction is how the book uses some wise definitions of management, Part III, which are stunning. I never thought of comparing an organisation and management to "cities" together with "life", "faith", "democracy", and "markets".
Credibility: 8/10: Gary Hamel and Bill Breen did well linking the examples of Whole Foods, W. L. Gore, and Google to their ideas on how the organisation should, and would be. The linkage and references are solid making us believe that this is probably the way " new management" will be.
Practicality: 3/10: No one will disagree with me on this, this is not Management Guide for Dummies, we know it, the authors know it. The authors stated that they do not know how to achieve this but this is a book that will inspire us on how to invent the future of management.
Insight: 8/10: Very insightful, examples of companies are packed with examples of practices that are thought-provoking. New principles are not loosely described but with solid ideas.
Reading Experience: 9/10: You'll find reading this book is like a journey. It is not futuristic like watching Star Wars but more like watching the Matrix trilogy! The authors portray the current modern management and then "unplugged" you to the new world that you have never imagined. For orthodox managers, you will feel like watching "28 Days (Weeks) Later" where out of nowhere, there are flocks after flocks of zombies (future employees) chasing after you! Beware.
Overall: 7.3/10: excluding "practicality", I'd say The Future of Management is more than 8/10. If you want a book packed with remarkable management examples and motivating ideas on how the future will be without much concern on practicality of ideas; The Future of Management by Gary Hamel and Bill Breen is a safe bet.