Age of Heretics A History of the Radical Thinkers Who Reinvented Corporate Management

ISBN-10: 0470190701
ISBN-13: 9780470190708
Edition: 2nd 2008
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/28/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Radical behavior is rarely acknowledged as a characteristic of the corporate world, where status quo is generally king and revolutionary thought usually banished to the fringes. This book shows that a powerful group of progressive thinkers really did develop within the realm of traditional business during the tumultuous 1960s. These figures actually helped transform that environment just as their better-known antiestablishment allies were reshaping other institutions throughout society. In 1996, when The Age of Heretics was first published, it was read and reviewed by a devoted audience. They saw in it a bolstering and expansion of their own efforts to understand and reform the modern-day corporation. And today, even though it is out of print, there is still a strong community of followers in the business community who demand the book. The world is in a different place than it was in 1996. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan , along with the failures of many companies after the dot-com bubble burst, have explicitly demonstrated the importance of good management in achieving results - and how countercultural good management can be in many settings. The evolution of the World Wide Web, the successes of open-system projects like Linux, the growing importance of corporate environmentalism, the increased cachet of high-performance management, and the need of global enterprises to implement cross-boundary initiatives have all brought legitimacy to management approaches that would have been unthinkable in most companies fifteen years ago. This edition will update and expand on the success of the first edition.

George Roth was born in Germany and has a B .S. in Mechanical Engineering, a M. B. A. in Finance and Marketing, and a Ph .D. in Organizational Studies. Roth worked at Digital Equipment before becoming a staff member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 21st Century Initiative. He also lectures at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is the director of a joint research project between Ford motor Company and MIT. He is also the co-founder of Reflection Learning Associates, Inc. Roth co-wrote The Dance of Change: Mastering the Twelve Challenges to Change in a Learning Organization.

Warren Bennis was born in the Bronx, New York on March 8, 1925. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army, completed officers' training, and became one of the youngest platoon leaders to serve in Europe. He was awarded both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He received a bachelor's degree from Antioch College in Ohio in 1951 and a doctorate in economics from M.I.T. As an educator, he taught organizational studies at Harvard University, Boston University, and the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. He was a professor of business administration at The University of Southern California for more than 30 years. He wrote more than 30 books on leadership including On Becoming a Leader, Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge, and Why Leaders Can't Lead. He also wrote a memoir entitled Still Surprised. He advised several presidents and business executives on the essence of successful leadership including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan and Howard D. Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks. Bennis died on July 31, 2014 at the age of 89.

Foreword
Preface
To the Reader
Monastics: Corporate Culture and Its Discontents, 1945 to Today
Pelagians: National Training Laboratories, 1947-1962
Reformists: Workplace Redesign at Procter & Gamble and the Gaines Dog Food Plant in Topeka, 1961-1973
Protesters: Saul Alinsky, FIGHTON, Campaign GM, and the Shareholder Activism Movement, 1964-1971
Mystics: Royal Dutch/Shell's Scenario Planners, 1967-1973
Lovers of Faith and Reason: Heretical Engineers at Stanford Research Institute and MIT, 1955-1971
Parzival's Dilemma: Edie Seashore, Chris Argyris, and Warren Bennis, 1959-1979
Millenarians: Erewhon, the SRI Futures Group, Herman Kahn, Royal Dutch/Shell, and Amory Lovins, 1968-1979
The Rapids: Hayes and Abernathy, Tom Peters, W. Edwards Deming, the Creators of GE Work-Out, and Other Synthesizers of Management Change, 1974-1982
Bibliography
Notes
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Index

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