Confronting Managerialism : How the Business Elite and Their Schools Threw Our Lives Out of Balance
The book traces the loss of managers' earlier social concerns, amply encouraged by management education's transformation since the 1960's, especially in the US. It also questions not only the social ethics of the US management caste but its management efficacy compared to systems of management that are highly employee participatory and dependent, such as in Germany and Japan.
A unique, topical and controversial look at a subject that impacts us all.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 138 x 216 x 20.32mm | 294.84g
- 01 Dec 2011
- ZED BOOKS LTD
- London, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
Introduction: Managerialism and Business School Education (1920-1970)
1. The Failure of Management Science and the US Business School Model
2. US Managerialsm and Business Schools Fail to Find Their Moral Compass
3. Managerialism and the Decline of the US Automobile Industry
4. Managerialism, Business Schools, and our Financial Crisis
Conclusion: Back to Balance
Michael Hudson, author of 'Super Imperialism'
'Timely... Incisive... and right on target. The authors mount a fierce attack on "managerialism" and the business schools that promote it. The book should leave the professors, the deans, and the CEOs at prominent U.S. businesses nervously looking over their shoulders at the global competition.'
Louis Galambos, The Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise, Johns Hopkins University
'In this fascinating book Locke and Spender show us what is wrong with managerialism and what might be done to ensure more participative and long term approach to running organizations.'
Martin Parker, Warwick University Business School, and author of 'Against Management'
'Business Schools are one of the most important institutions of our times; managerialism perhaps the dominant ideology of those times. How strange, then, that the relationship between the two has not been exposed to much serious analysis. In this excellent volume, Locke and Spender do just that and through a combination of historical and comparative international analysis explain the complex and often malign enmeshment of business schools with modern society. Written by acknowledged experts in the area, this is an important book for those who work in business schools; but an even more important book for those who don't and will be informed, astounded or perhaps appalled to discover what goes on within them.'
Christopher Grey - Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick and Visiting Fellow, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
'In a brilliant and compelling narrative, Locke and Spender trace the decline of American business after World War II to the extinction of socially-responsible management by an amoral 'managerialist' caste of professional business school graduates trained to view reality through arcane mathematical tools of abstract decision making, not through the lens of concrete relationships linking humans to each other and to the planet they inhabit. This is a truly important book . . . definitely a must read.'
H. Thomas Johnson, Professor of Sustainability Management, Portland State University
About Robert R. Locke
J.-C. Spender is the author of Industry Recipes (1989) and, with Burton-Jones, the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Human Capital (2011).