- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Zed Books Ltd. (8 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 178032071X
- ISBN-13: 978-1780320717
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confronting Managerialism: How the Business Elite and Their Schools Threw Our Lives Out of Balance - Economic Controversies Paperback – 8 Sep 2011
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"In a brilliant and compelling narrative, Locke and Spender trace the decline of American business after World War Two to the extinction of socially responsible management. This is a truly important book ... definitely a must-read." -- H. Thomas Johnson, Professor of Sustainability Management, Portland State University
About the Author
Robert R. Locke is emeritus professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is one of leading international authorities on the contentious subject of management, and the author of numerous books and articles on comparative management and management education. ----- J.-C. Spender is a visiting professor in the Center for Business Performance at Cranfield School of Management. Now retired after seven years as a Business School Dean, he works as a consultant, researcher, writer, lecturer and generally itinerant academic.
Top Customer Reviews
'Managerialism', suggest the authors, really got going after World War 2. 'Operational Research' was developed during the war as a way of:
'solv[ing] unprecedented strategic planning, logistics, and operational problems that could not be dealt with by the methods governments and military bureaucrats had hitherto employed. Operational Research (OR) projects drew on statistical and mathematically informed techniques...that were particularly suitable to maximising efficiency in large-scale military operations.' (P11)
Such statistical analysis and mathematical modelling clearly has a role to play in manufacturing, particularly in, for example, the car industry. It developed as a management tool. But during its development it 'morphed' into 'managerialism':
'Managerialism as opposed to management means "a vast array of customs, interests, prestige, actions, and thought" associated with but nonetheless transcending the need for the efficient running of commercial and industrial organisations.Read more ›
Where they came from, how they go there - worse - how they came to believe in the math based cult of managerialism in the first place that got us all into this mess - is the real problem here. And that source, as this book brilliantly exposes with an almost thriller like pace, can be traced back to the post WW2 rise of a handful of `elite' US business schools and their legions of morally bankrupt MBA students, on whose collective and some would rightly argue corrupt watch the blame now shifts.
Of course, I do the book a great disservice here. The case Locke and Spender make is much richer than I can report in a review. The book looks globally, focusing on the impact of MBA education in Silicon Valley and the US automobile industry for example, while at the same time shedding light on the global political, historical and educational developments in South America and China and Europe that have also had to counter and deal with the US (and UK) banking system and the `managerialist' export that came bubble wrapped around it. In doing so, it challenges us to radically rethink the options available and the kind of educational system we want to create.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very considered commentary of the failures of the capitalist system. This should be studied and digested by all politicions.Published on 28 April 2013 by hasfield systems
First things first - I agree with the general thrust of the authors of this book - namely that what they call managerialism (a special management caste, short termism, exclusive... Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2012 by AK