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Management Fads and Buzzwords : Critical-Practical Perspectives - David Collins

Management Fads and Buzzwords

Critical-Practical Perspectives

Paperback Published: 25th August 2000
ISBN: 9780415206402
Number Of Pages: 428

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Around 5,000 business and management titles are published every year, and increasingly, their preferred mode of presentation is centred on the creation and marketing of buzzwords and fads. This book argues that these management fads and buzzwords deflect critical inquiry and limit useful action because they present a 'ready made' view of the world, which rejects the benefits of theoretical analysis and reflection. Topics covered include:

* the 'guru industry'
* 'excellence'
* business process re-engineering
* empowerment
* culture
* knowledge work
* globalization.

'Unpacking' the 'guru industry' and analyzing the fads and buzzwords, this book provides a 'critical-practical' analysis, designed to allow readers to locate, understand and critique management fashion.

Introductionp. 1
Practical Management and its Critical-Practical Alternativep. 19
The Nature of Managementp. 51
The 'Guru' Industryp. 78
Culturep. 115
Excellencep. 146
Total Quality Managementp. 174
Empowermentp. 213
Business Process Re-engineeringp. 250
Downsizingp. 281
Knowledge Workp. 314
Globalizationp. 344
Concluding Commentsp. 382
Biographyp. 388
Indexp. 405
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ISBN: 9780415206402
ISBN-10: 0415206405
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 25th August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1

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