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4.0 out of 5 stars more inspirational than practical, 11 Mar. 2002
This review is from: "Financial Times" Handbook of Management (Hardcover)
I found this an excellent companion to the state of the art of management thinking, and a good way to catch up with the latest strategies without having to read a whole library of business books. It's a big book, and clearly one for dipping into at leisure rather than referring to on a daily basis.
If you're looking for a handbook of practical guidance on management skills, then there are better books - including the Fast Thinking Managers Manual and The Essential Managers Manual (with pictures, for beginners) - as this one does not deal with day-to-day tasks such as appraisals or budgets etc. The FT Handbook is more useful for readers looking to refine or update what they know about management without going back to business school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic management reference, 6 Mar. 2002
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This review is from: "Financial Times" Handbook of Management (Hardcover)
The advertising for the first edition of this went something like "You're in the lift with your MD - 33 floors, 60 seconds - what are you going to say?" Pretty good summary of what makes this book so essential really - business knowledge on tap (pretty fast lift too). It's a collection of articles from the great and the good of the business world touching on every issue you're likely to encounter in a modern business environment. I bought it when I started my MBA and found the information really sharp. Obviously you're not going to be an expert on marketing or strategy after reading it, but you'll find you're pretty clued-up on most subjects. If you want a reference to kick-start your business knowledge or you're thinking of doing the business school thing, get hold of this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A primer - also for non-MBA's, 11 May 2003
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This is one of the best investments I've made when it comes to buying a book supporting my career. The book is heavy (1327 gram !), but easy to read.
You get the basics about ‘who wrote what’ in today business world, just enough material to get you going on your own.
It's not a MBA-degree but you do cover a lot of "Management-terms" with this book, and more important - after reading you have an excellent overview of todays business world.
very recommandable
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different but what not what it says, 25 Oct. 2013
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Its nice book. Good selection of articles. But focus on new skills or touches the new fields / skills emerging from the core skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality thinking from the FT, 12 Mar. 2002
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Excellent primer to all the basic management concepts. Summarises latest thinking and best practice and condenses the ideas of key thinkers like Charles Handy and Tom Peters. The sort of insight you'd expect from the FT.
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