What Management Is

What Management Is : How it works and why it's everyone's business

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Organizations don't just happen by themselves. Management makes them possible. And good management makes them - and society as a whole - more successful and prosperous.
Whether you're new to the field or a seasoned executive, this book will give you a firm grasp on what it takes to make an organization perform. Joan Magretta distils years of experience and the best of management theory to explain both the logic of successful organizations and how that logic works in practice. The book is full of examples and case studies that demonstrate timeless principles that can, and should, be applied in both for-profit businesses and non-profit organisations: from value creation and business models to competitive strategy and organizational design. It defines a common standard of managerial literacy that has helped countless people lead more productive lives.
An immediate business classic when it first appeared, this book is the big-picture management book of our times. Combining essential realism about what management is, with idealism about what it can and should be, it is ultimately about why and how management matters.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 1781256160
  • 9781781256169

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This book will help managers in any type of organization, including nonprofits and the public sector, do their jobs better * Harvard Business Review * A rare animal - a management book that is lucid, interesting and honest ... Urge everyone to read it * Economist * A jargon-free framework, for which we should be truly grateful. -- Lucy Kellaway * Financial Times * First rate as an introduction for the non-manager and especially for the beginner, but equally excellent as a rounded, complete, and comprehensive "refresher course" for the most experienced executive. -- Peter F. Drucker [This book] reminds us why the discipline of management truly matters. [...] It will help leaders understand better how the ideas that form the foundation of good management have [...] powerfully altered our economy and our lives. That's a potent message * Business Week * Well written and presented, What Management Is delivers. * Irish Times * Effectively distils key concepts that every executive should know into a useful toolkit. -- Jim Collins, author of 'Built to Last' and 'Good to Great' This is a book we'll want every executive-in-training at Dell to read. -- Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Computer Corporation A wonderful little volume ... [which] will help managers see the wood from the trees in their everyday work. * Economist * This book will help managers in any type of organization, including non-profits and the public sector, do their jobs better. -- Michael Porter, Harvard Business School
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About Joan Magretta

Joan Magretta MBA, PhD is an award-winning contributor to the Harvard Business Review, where she was strategy editor during the 1990s. A former partner at Bain & Co., she is now a Senior Institute Associate at Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. She is author of Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy.
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