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Management Mumbo-Jumbo : A Skeptics' Dictionary - Adrian F. Furnham

Management Mumbo-Jumbo

A Skeptics' Dictionary

Paperback Published: 1st August 2006
ISBN: 9781403987020
Number Of Pages: 166

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Bestselling author and psychologist, Adrian Furnham, takes a critical view of the jargon and fads in management contained in manifestos and mission statements and shows how these often obscure and mystify. He considers atmospherics, compulsory training, fundamentalist gurus, integrity tests, personality of organizations and uncertainty avoidance.

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'The sly wit of Management Mumbo-Jumbo amuses and enlightens. We start to see how shallow much of the management hype really is and begin to pick out the things that matter and bring honest results. A refreshing book.' - Business Executive



'I find this a very accessible book that contains plenty of useful material to help managers think more ambitiously, positively and effectively. Overall I found it very enjoyable.' - Michael Cullum, Leadership Matters



'Challenging the received wisdom of the corporate world, this book makes an enjoyable and stimulating read for sceptical employees, open-minded business students and managers alike.' - Mark Whitley, IET (Engineering Management)

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Fads in managementp. 3
Management science?p. 9
Management trainingp. 10
Assumptions about peoplep. 14
Conclusionp. 15
Ability and ambitionp. 17
Above the linep. 19
All interventions are equally effectivep. 21
Atmosphericsp. 23
Awards, citations and gongsp. 26
The blame culturep. 28
Breaking bad newsp. 31
The bright bossp. 33
Casuistry, sophistry and spinp. 35
Choosing management coursesp. 37
Compulsory trainingp. 40
Correcting cock-upsp. 42
The curse of perfectionismp. 44
Damned if you do and...don'tp. 46
Dom and subp. 48
Energy at workp. 50
Engagement to divorcep. 52
Evangelists at workp. 54
Everyone is a winnerp. 56
Family businessp. 58
From private to publicp. 60
Fundamentalist gurusp. 62
The gullible executivep. 64
How not to use consultantsp. 66
Human remainsp. 68
Incommunicadop. 71
The incubation periodp. 73
Inoculating the workforcep. 75
Integrity testsp. 77
Job fit In plain speakp. 80
Living In Swedenp. 83
Managing the post-materialist employeep. 85
Management psychiatryp. 88
Money as a motivatorp. 92
Nepotism, corruption and incompetencep. 95
Networmingp. 98
Nyet: stopping progressp. 100
Odd places: university managementp. 102
Orality at workp. 105
Organizational defense mechanismsp. 107
Passive-aggressive bureaucratsp. 110
The personality of organizationsp. 113
Professional recruitersp. 115
Protecting your legacyp. 117
A psychological MOTp. 119
Rank sensitivityp. 121
Recruitment to betrayalp. 123
A rock and a hard placep. 125
Seeking the saviorp. 127
Shift workp. 129
Space explorationp. 131
Specialists and generalistsp. 134
Speeches, sermons and seminar presentationsp. 137
Striking a balancep. 139
The task and the processp. 141
Telephone tell-talesp. 143
Titular realitiesp. 145
Trust at workp. 147
Uncertainty avoidancep. 149
Understanding understatementp. 151
Why would anyone want to work for you?p. 153
Workplace spiritualityp. 155
Conclusionp. 157
Manifestosp. 157
Mantrasp. 159
Missionsp. 164
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ISBN: 9781403987020
ISBN-10: 1403987025
Series: Palgrave Business
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 166
Published: 1st August 2006
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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Adrian Furnham

About the Author


Adrian Furnham is Professor of Psychology at University College, London, UK. He is on the editorial board of a number of academic journals and has received many national and international awards. He is the author of over 600 scientific journal articles and 48 books, including popular management books.

He acts as a consultant to a number of organisations including HM Government, British Airways, HBOS and SAP. He writes regular columns in the Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times and is a frequent contributor to radio and television.

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