The recognition that management theory is a sadly neglected subdiscipline of philosophy began with an experience of déjà vu. As I plowed through my shelfload of bad management books, I beheld a discipline that consists mainly of unverifiable propositions and cryptic anecdotes, is rarely if ever held accountable, and produces an inordinate number of catastrophically bad writers. It was all too familiar. There are, however, at least two crucial differences between philosophers and their wayward cousins. The first and most important is that philosophers are much better at knowing what they don’t know. The second is money. In a sense, management theory is what happens to philosophers when you pay them too much.A gem of an essay (H/T: Captain Heinrichs).
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
A wry look at the “science” of management
It’s gratifying to see something you’ve always suspected validated in print by a thoughtful observer who has given the matter much thought. Matthew Stewart looks at the “Management Myth” - herewith a sample: