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The Rise and Fall of Management: A Brief History of Practice, Theory and Context. Gordon Pearson Paperback – Apr 1 2012


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'Gordon Pearson's new book fills an important gap. In the course of a careful and absorbing institutional history, he demolishes some of management's pervasive and damaging myths - such as the primacy of shareholder value - and restates its enduring verities. To reshape management for the future, we need to know how it developed and why. This is the place to start.' Simon Caulkin (Management Editor, The Observer) 'This book offers something that so many management texts fail to deliver - readability. With a succinct and easy to follow style, the author has produced a work, which is genuinely interesting to read. If you want to discover how management has developed over time, against a background of well-explained economic theory, this text is a must. Similarly, if you struggle to remember the key concepts upon which economic theory is built, and their relevance to business practice, this is a book well worth reading...an excellent mix of history and management practice...I particularly liked the epilogue introduced as "a broad account of past progress and mistakes". But building on this, the author introduces realistic suggestions for future approaches that managers could adopt.' - Mike Turner FInstAM in e.Manager, The British Journal of Administrative Management 'This is an extremely insightful and challenging contribution to our understanding of management theory and practice. It offers a powerful and significant critique of the evolution of organizational life - one that is particularly suited to the times. Gordon Pearson's book will make a major impact on the field and is simply a must for any management researcher's bookshelf.' - John Hassard, Professor of Organizational Analysis, Manchester Business School Pearson has written an illuminating and readable account of the practice, theory and context of management: a lively and provocative book that will make the reader question and rethink the ethos and morality of free market capitalism. The book will be invaluable for postgraduate business students and practitioners alike. - Mihaela Kelemen, Professor of Management Studies, Keele University 'The global recession means that management is in crisis. In this very readable book, Gordon Pearson reflects on his extensive practical and academic experience to explain what the problem is, and what can be done about it. This is a really provocative read for anyone who wants to understand what has gone wrong in the Business School, and the boardroom.' - Martin Parker, Professor of Organisation and Culture, Leicester University School of Management

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Dr Gordon Pearson worked for a number of large industrial concerns and their overseas subsidiaries as a planning specialist, a specialist in mergers and acquisitions, and as a senior executive with line responsibility for most major management functions. After twenty years in industry including management consultancy, he moved into academe, writing his first book and completing a Ph.D. in strategy, innovation and culture at Manchester Business School. Dr Pearson then pursued a teaching career, moving to Keele University, where he served as Head of Department of Management, Director of MBA Programmes and Director of Keele Management Development Centre. He retains an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship. This is his sixth book.

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