Books

The evolution of leadership into a widely accepted concept occurred without any shared understanding and acceptance of its meaning and relevance in contemporary society.

Why do some people become leaders? What is the source and legitimacy of leadership power?

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Why Doing the Right Thing Can Be the Key to Competitive Advantage

Ethical behaviour by businesses, or their staff, is often seen as the corporate and social responsibility icing on an organizational cake something that is nice to do but never really essential. But by turning this view around and making ethical behaviour a primary focus Witzel shows how businesses can create and maintain long-term competitive advantage.

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Spotting Danger Signals – And Fixing Problems Before They Happen

The damage that incompetent managers do is incalculable. Every year they wipe tens of billions off the value of companies around the world. But the routinely incompetent behaviour that leads to failure is often covered up, incompetent managers are paid off and the causes of failure are swept under the carpet.

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From Confucius to Warren Buffett Twenty Timeless Principles for Business

The belief that everything is changing led to the disasters of the dotcom era. This book reminds us that some fundamental rules do still apply by taking readers through 20 imperatives derived from the wisdom of great leaders and management theorists including Peter Drucker, Henry Fayol, Andrew Grove and bankers and financiers such as Thomas Gresham and Warren Buffet.

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Management: The Basics provides an easy, jargon-free introduction to the fundamental principles and practices of modern management.

This informative and accessible guide is ideal for anyone who wants to understand what management is and how it works.

Of all the sciences and social sciences, management is the one that most deliberately turns its back on the past.

Yet management as we know it today did not spring into life fully formed.

Management has more than just a present; it also has a past, and a future, and all three are inextricably linked.

Tata: The Evolution of a Corporate Brand goes to the core of the Tata ethos to explore the unique relationship between the Tata group and the Indian people, a relationship that goes beyond the achievements of a successful business to its social contributions for its employees and society at large.

Finally it asks how that reputation will be perceived and understood as Tata moves into global markets. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a manager, a marketer, or an interested Tata loyalist this book will help you understand the durability of the brand and inspire you with the values it holds on to in the global economy.

What is management consultancy? How has it developed? How does it affect businesses? This book answers these questions and introduces the field for those looking to develop a career as a management consultant. 

Providing a thorough introduction to management consultancy, Morgen Witzel covers the topic from a range of perspectives including the field’s historical development, the client’s perspective, business analysis, return on investment, consulting failures, ethics and accountability and the growing importance of sustainability.

What is management consultancy? How has it developed? How does it affect businesses? This book answers these questions and introduces the field for those looking to develop a career as a management consultant. 

Providing a thorough introduction to management consultancy, Morgen Witzel covers the topic from a range of perspectives including the field’s historical development, the client’s perspective, business analysis, return on investment, consulting failures, ethics and accountability and the growing importance of sustainability.

Concurrent with the increasing complexity of the field of management, the need to re-examine the foundations from which its theories have advanced has become ever more important and useful. 

The Oxford Handbook of Management Theorists examines and evaluates the contributions that seminal figures, past and present, have made to the theory of management by providing in-depth, up-to-date, and detailed scholarly analysis of their ideas and influence.

Today’s business organizations, especially large ones, are complex places; difficult to manage and to control. Much of this complexity is self-induced and too much of the management of these organizations is done on an ad hoc basis. Different reporting, control and management systems are used in different parts of the company and often these are incompatible, making it difficult, sometimes impossible for top management to know what is going on. Consequently it is an arduous task for managers to make strategic plans for the business or react quickly to changes in the environment.

Management History is not simply a book about the history of business or even the history of management. The goal of this book is to demonstrate that despite the relative newness of management science as an academic subject, management has been around since ancient times. Through understanding the history of management – both in practice and theory – one is able to approach the complex and challenging problems of modern management from a new perspective.