Each year, a thousand or so new business books join the tens of thousands already published. In many, the authors – often, “business gurus” or consultants – sell their advice with a level of certainty approaching fact. Former consultant Matthew Stewart takes a different view: He demolishes the notion of management as science. From Frederick Winslow Taylor’s stopwatches and measuring tapes to Tom Peters’s “eight fundamental principles” for excellence, Stewart exposes the flawed research and outright deceptive traits of popular management gurus and consulting firms. Stewart emphasizes the negative over the positive, and has a lot of fun weaving in his own hilarious and sometimes tragic years as a strategy consultant. While management consulting – like most fields – has both genuine experts and brazen charlatans, anyone considering hiring a consultant, becoming one or implementing the latest, greatest business idea should read this first.
About the Author
Matthew Stewart, PhD, studied philosophy at Princeton and Oxford universities, and writes for The Atlantic and other publications.
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2 months agoI’m a strategy consultant and found this abstract fully entertaining!
8 months agoWhat is written in this book explains my observations. In the end managements don't really know what they want and buying the latest fads will not get themselves fired.
2 years ago"...fads aren’t likely to end as long as business schools remain centers of useless training rather than of education." Well put!
2 years agoGlad to see written what I've felt for some time!