In the tradition of the bestselling Intellectual Capital, internationally recognized management and quality expert Rafael Aguayo shows how integrated mastery of many areas of knowledge --
MetaKnowledge -- can give corporate managers an edge, no matter what the future has in store.
In today's world, the basis of economic power and wealth is rapidly shifting from physical resources to intellectual resources. Former powerhouses like U.S. Steel are now minor players, while modern giants such as Microsoft dominate industries that didn't even exist twenty-five years ago. The economy undergoes wild fluctuations. The Internet boom has come and gone. Through globalization, international boundaries are becoming less important every day. In such a dramatically changing environment, the management philosophy that endures must be based on principles that transcend daily occurrences and swings in the market.
That's where MetaKnowledge comes in. Rafael Aguayo brings years of firsthand consulting experience to this book and galvanizes it with an impressive yet accessible body of academic study. A disciple of W. Edwards Deming, Aguayo studied with the man who brought quality to the Japanese. He has since expanded his field of expertise to encompass many subjects that contribute to successful business strategies, no matter what the industry. In The MetaKnowledge Advantage, Aguayo gives American managers an advantage by helping them break out of their narrow fields of expertise, synthesizing areas of knowledge as diverse as ecology, psychology, statistics, chaos theory, self-actualization, and the theory of multiple intelligences. Drawing on the work of Walter Shewhart (the father of Statistical Quality Control), W. Edwards Deming, Carl Jung, James Lovelock, Bertrand Russell, and many other luminaries, The MetaKnowledge Advantage offers a comprehensive -- and extremely flexible -- strategy for good management and ethical behavior in any industry.
originator of the Gaia theory
As an old fashioned and solitary scientist, the last book I would read is one on management, but what a mistake it would have been to miss Rafael Aguayo's wise and delightfully composed text.
Ph.D., chairman, Third Wave Industries
Brilliant. Full of insights and wisdom. First, Rafael Aguayo elucidated Dr. Deming's 'Profound Knowledge' concepts in his 1990 book, "Dr. Deming: The American Who Taught the Japanese About Quality," Now Aguayo elevates and extends Profound Knowledge to new heights in an exhilarating and nontrivial way. I believe any leader will derive significant benefits from the insights and synthesis Aguayo has amalgamated from many late-twentieth-century advances in human knowledge and understanding in this fascinating and rewarding book.
president, DCP Marketing Services LLC
"The MetaKnowledge Advantage" was fascinating reading, and extremely insightful and informative. I started using Aguayo's management theories in my business immediately.
CONTENTS Foreword 1 The Winds of Change 2 Knowledge and Revolution 3 Death and Birth in Economics 4 The New Management 5 Moving from an Exact World to a Probabilistic World 6 How Do We Know? 7 Multiple Populations and Thresholds 8 Leverage 9 Exponential Growth 10 The Learning Ladder and Subjective Reality 11 Psychological Types 12 Language, Mathematics, and Multiple Intelligences 13 Toward an Ecology of Commerce 14 Life and Chance 15 Language, Dimensionality, and Logical Levels 16 Communication Revolutions 17 The Power of Trends 18 Globalization and Economic Uncertainty 19 New Economic Paradigms 20 Putting It All Together Appendix A Appendix B Bibliography Acknowledgments Index