Beyond the Hype: Rediscovering the Essence of Management

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Many business consultants have come up with new concepts and buzzwords that purport to offer the solution to every organization's competitiveness problems. "Beyond the Hype" is an attempt to go beyond the verbiage plaguing today's manager to understand how things are actually done in organizations. Instead of focusing on panaceas for revitalizing companies, the authors concentrate on the very essence of what managers do: mobilizing action in organizations. Rather than prescribe a specific managerial framework, they propose a new way of thinking - an "action perspective" - that emphasizes the judgement of the individual manager in determining what course of action to take. The ultimate responsibility for targeting appropriate action, communicating it, and ensuring that it is accomplished lies with the individual manager.

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SAMUEL A. DiPIAZZA jr. is the CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the global professional services firm with some 150,000 employees, operating in virtually every country worldwide. Mr. DiPiazza has enjoyed a long career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, which he joined in 1973. He most recently served as Senior Partner and Chairman of the U.S. firm with executive responsibility for U.S. operations.
ROBERT G. ECCLES is founder and president of Advisory Capital Partners, Inc. (ACP), and a Senior Fellow of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since 1993, ACP has provided strategic, financial, and organizational advisory services to both large companies and fast-growing small and medium-sized ones. Prior to founding ACP, Dr. Eccles was a full professor at Harvard Business School, where he was a faculty member for fourteen years, receiving tenure in 1989.

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Countering established business planning and design approaches, the authors, faculty members of the Harvard Business School, propose a more "robust," action-oriented manager, characterized as flexible, pragmatic and skilled in the use of language. Research based on wide-ranging, on-site interviews examine, dissect and reconstruct the managerial dynamics in various companies. Although the authors, who use "she" and "her" as general referential pronoun, disclaim academic jargon, their theoretical, clause-ridden syntax often contradicts rather than highlights the book's central call for direct, effective communication.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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