Flawed Advice and the Management Trap

Flawed Advice and the Management Trap : How Managers Can Know When They're Getting Good Advice and When They're Not

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Flawed Advice and the Management Trap: How Managers Can Know When They're Getting Good Advice and When They're Not is the first book to show how and why so much of today's business advice is flawed, and how managers and executives can better evaluate advice given to their firms Practitioners and scholars agree that businesses in the coming millennium will be managed differently than firms of the 20th century. And getting there from here, according to today's best advice, will require creative change. In this pioneering work, Argyris, one of the world's leading organizational thinkers, reviews a wide array of business advice from the best and brightest thinkers and consultants and concludes that as appealing as their ideas may be, most of them are simply not workable. They are too full of abstract claims, logical gaps, and inconsistencies, to be useful. And ironically, even when their recommendations are implemented correctly, the result is often failure. Why do these gaps in logic exist, and how can they be more effectively discovered? Applying a disciplined critique to numerous representative examples of advice about leadership, learning, change, and employee commitment, Argyris shows readers how to be more critical of the advice they are given, how to learn new approaches for appraising employee performance, and how to generate an internal commitment to values and better strategy. In our ever expanding global market, innovative business advice is at a premium, and giving this advice has become a lucrative industry in and of itself. This book provides the critical lens necessary to evaluate which advice is best for your organization.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3 line illustrations
  • 0195132866
  • 9780195132861
  • 526,184

About Chris Argyris

Chris Argyris is James Bryant Conant Professor of Orgnizational Behavior, Emeritus at Harvard University.show more

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Reasons and Rationalizations is one of the most challenging and powerful books produced in the field of management for many years. It is not surprising when you consider it was written by one of the world's leading management scholars, Professor Chris Argyris. Professor Argyris' contribution to the management and applied social science literature has no rival, he is in a league literally by himself. This outstanding book is a must read for all managers and executives, academics in business schools, applied social scientists and any others prepared to think about and confront the challenges of organizational life in our times. * Professor Cary L. Cooper, CBE, Lancaster University Management School *show more

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