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The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos Paperback – March 17, 2009
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""A very thought-provoking and readable book.""--Linda Hesselman, Management Studies Centre, University College, London
''Mr. Fuld [Lehman Brothers] displayed…an air of pained bewilderment at his congressional committee hearing last week. His expression of regret at the collapse of his bank should be included in every MBA syllabus. As Will and Kenneth Hopper point out in their essential book The Puritan Gift, the main tasks of the CEO were to determine strategy, appoint divisional heads and supervise their work…’’-- Stefan Stern, Financial Times
‘In The Puritan Gift, published last year, the septuagenarian Scottish brothers William and Kenneth Hopper, respectively a banker and an engineer-turned-industrial consultant, argued that for 200 years the puritan foundations of America kept its businesses intact, emphasising craft, financial responsibility and the sublimation of private interest to the group.’ - Andrew Billen, TIMES, 9th March 2009
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As the title suggests, this story - for this is no dry text destined for those soulless time-serving senior managers and executives intent on seeking the latest snake oil with which to lubricate their legitimized theft of shareholder funds - traces the origins of contemporary management back to the strict disciplines of the Puritan Migrants of the 1630s and their flight to America. The authors list the four abiding aspects of Puritanism which infused the managerial culture established by the descendents of those early settlers as being: 1) the purpose of life was to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth; 2) an aptitude for mechanical skills; 3) a moral outlook that subordinates the interest of the individual to the group; and, 4) an ability to gather, galvanize and marshal financial, material and human resources to a single purpose at whatever scale. More briefly put : Rectitude, Pragmatism, Teamwork and Leadership.Read more ›
All the greatness of American (and world) business has been around for ages, and we just need to get back to basics, back to the roots. Any study of the great businesses and entrepreneurs teaches this lesson. The Hoppers do an excellent job of raising this idea, with plenty of great stories to support it.
It is surprising that the publishers do not get this book into bigtime US circulation. While written by Brits, it is after all a book about the rise and fall of American business and economic prestige. It should be on the "hot" table in all the US bookstores. But in order to get it quickly you have to go to amazon UK. What gives?
A tale of how old world traditions developed a culture of performance based management and advancement in the manufacturing work place.
Numerous examples illustrate how the loss of this system and the invention of the MBA (an interchangeable manager that may be placed anywhere to manage anything) ushered in an era of economic stagnation. While this same system when exported to another nation created similar success.
An interesting read that is wonderful mix of US history and management history.
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The authors provide a compelling and provocative look at how business should be managed based on historical experience. I highly recommend this one.Published 19 months ago by Daniel R. Murphy
Necessary read if you want to appreciate the history of American business.Published 19 months ago by Propman
The Puritan Gift was recommended to me by a financial journalist and he said it was the best management book he had ever read - I entirely agree with him - but like all great books... Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Cynical Idealist
The Puritan Gift should be part of the curriculum every business school and management training program in the country--it's that good. Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Robert42
A very good book showing how a great economical system has collapsed... Should be read by every finance/business people in Europe as the continent is following the same pathway!Published on March 15, 2013 by Patrick Scherrer
This book is really quite fascinating in many ways. The essence of their perspectives about management are clear and strongly supported. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Straightforward
I have read over 20 books in the past year relating to lean thinking and business applications; The Puritan Gift is the best of the year, hands-down. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Kris.Harrison
"This may be the most significant book I have ever read on business management and leadership. Thanks to Dr. George Cybulski of Chicago for recommending it to me. Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by Paul Grizzell