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The only thing we can say with any certainty about management in 20 years' time is it will be substantially different from today. The question is, of course, how will it be different? And how can we adopt these new techniques before every one else does and gain a competitive edge? Well, you could do a lot worse than ask the world's top management thinkers and futurists for their views. Which is exactly what Subir Chowdhury, an executive vice president at the American Supplier Institute, has done in Management 21C.

The book is a collection of essays and speculations by the likes of Peter Senge, Sumantra Ghoshal, Barry Posner, and 23 more management heavyweights on the future of business, leadership, process, and organization. The breadth and diversity of the speculations make them almost impossible to summarize. But if there is one recurring theme, it's that management is shifting from a masculine paradigm to a feminine one. If during the bulk of the 20th century management was about male things such as certainty, predictability, competition, domination, and winning, in the 21st century it will be concerned with more ladylike traits such as uncertainty, ambivalence, change, collaboration, paradoxes, cooperation--and winning.

In his own provocative essay, Chowdury describes how new managers will have to become multiskilled, people-centered leaders whose most important task is inspiring the workforce with emotion and belief. He argues that in the next century corporate success will depend on the effective use of talent: "[T]he relentless pursuit of talent should be a main management strategy. More and more companies simply cannot recruit talent fast enough." Return on talent, he argues, will become a key business measure just like return on capital. Senior managers will ignore this thought-provoking collection of essays at their peril. --Alex Benady

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Chowdhury, vice president of the American Supplier Institute and coauthor of the well-received QS-9000 Pioneers: Registered Companies Share Their Strategies for Success, has compiled the views of 27 global thinkers from business and academia on management in the 21st century. In three parts, "Leadership," "Processes," and "Organization," they examine in detail a plethora of issues confronting the 21st-century leader and manager. Rosabeth Moss Kanter discusses kaleidoscopic thinking, a strength for managers who must focus on many directions in occasionally unfamiliar milieus; Barry Z. Posner and James M. Kouzes examine "Janusian leadership," the ability to look at the past to gain insight into shaping the future. Other issues addressed include the management of talent and the measuring of its return, as well as new organizational structures that accommodate the needs of professionals thriving in a world of information technology. Scholarly but readable and well documented, Chowdhury's book is a worthy addition to academic and large public libraries.DSteven J. Mayover, formerly with Free Lib. of Philadelphia
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall (March 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273639633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273639633
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,664,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
An excellent study from 26 distinguished thinkers and authors. As written by S.Chowdhury, "the book you are reading reveals the collective thoughts and visions of some of the world's great minds...Management 21C brings together visions for the new millennium in one concise book, allowing you to understand the changes happening now and what changes you can expect. The future of business will be different : whose versions are you reading?...Management 21C is for those who believe in creative war, for those who inspire other people, for those who believe in others and not just themselves, for those who celebrate diversity, for those who constantly search for a dream, for those who want to reshape the world of tomorrow. Someday we'll all manage this way (from the Preface p.xiii)."
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* J.M.Kouzes and B.Z.Posner introduce "The Janusian Leader"-the leader with the capacity to look forward and back, to preside over endings and beginnings, sunsets and daybreaks. They also present seven key lessons that stand the test of time and are worthy of being carried with us from one millennium to another (see pp.17-32).
* S.Ghoshal, C.A.Bartlett and P.Moran suggest : "When the solution to a recurring problem is always 'Try harder', there is usually something wrong with the terms, not the execution. So it is time for both managers and management academics to throw out the old paradigm and to start experimenting with new, more fertile possibilities (see pp.121-140)."
* C.K.Prahalad argues : "In the new millennium, the methods and skills needed to manage large and small organizations will be different from those needed to be successful during the past three decades. Newer concepts and tools will emerge.
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Format: Hardcover
An excellent study from 26 distinguished thinkers and authors. As written by Subir Chowdhury, "the book you are reading reveals the collective thoughts and visions of some of the world's great minds...Management 21C brings together visions for the new millennium in one concise book, allowing you to understand the changes happening now and what changes you can expect. The future of business will be different: whose versions are you reading?...Management 21C is for those who believe in creative war, for those who inspire other people, for those who believe in others and not just themselves, for those who celebrate diversity, for those who constantly search for a dream, for those who want to reshape the world of tomorrow. Someday we'll all manage this way" (from the Preface p.xiii).
In this context, for instance:
* J.M. Kouzes and B.Z. Posner introduce "The Janusian Leader" - the leader with the capacity to look forward and back, to preside over endings and beginnings, sunsets and daybreaks. They also present seven key lessons that stand the test of time and are worthy of being carried with us from one millennium to another (see pp.17-32).
* S. Ghoshal, C.A. Bartlett and P. Moran suggest: "When the solution to a recurring problem is always 'Try harder', there is usually something wrong with the terms, not the execution. So it is time for both managers and management academics to throw out the old paradigm and to start experimenting with new, more fertile possibilities" (see pp.121-140).
* C.K. Prahalad argues: "In the new millennium, the methods and skills needed to manage large and small organizations will be different from those needed to be succesful during the past three decades. Newer concepts and tools will emerge".
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Format: Hardcover
Management 21C is overall an average management book. Nothing exciting or compulsory for the bookshelf. Recommended for students or bland-textbook readers only.
The book consists of short chapters that cover "hot management" topics. The book would be suitable for those who have no idea of the business issues facing organizations today. Personally, I found the book too generic with too much usual theoretical talk and lacked thought provoking ideas / examples. Examples were short and isolated. The writers seemed to be mashing too many quotes and popular ideas into short chapters. Overall, the readability of the book was bland and I found it to be a good book for bedtime reading rather than a book to learn about how to tackle the latest management issues.
I would recommend considering books like "profit patterns" or "management challenges for the 21st century" before this book.
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Format: Hardcover
I purchased this as a text for doctoral leadership class and have to say that it was a hit or miss work. Some of the pieces are excellent, and some of them are pedestrian. I still value the purchase because of the nuggets mixed among the rubble.
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Each chapter has a proven management lesson. Keep this book open in your office at all times and learn from the best.
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