The Management Myth

Debunking Modern Business Philosophy

Matthew Stewart (Author)

Overview | Formats

"A devastating bombardment of managerial thinking and the profession of management consulting…A serious and valuable polemic." —Wall Street Journal

Fresh from Oxford with a degree in philosophy and no particular interest in business, Matthew Stewart might not have seemed a likely candidate to become a consultant. But soon he was telling veteran managers how to run their companies.

In narrating his own ill-fated (and often hilarious) odyssey at a top-tier firm, Stewart turns the consultant’s merciless, penetrating eye on the management industry itself. The Management Myth offers an insightful romp through the entire history of thinking about management, a withering critique of pseudoscience in management theory, and a clear explanation of why the MBA usually amounts to so much BS—leading us through the wilderness of American business thought.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33852-2
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 352 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Other Formats

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Entertaining and slightly shocking.” — Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

“Consistently entertaining and enlightening.” — Harvard Business Review

“Gleefully revealing the magician’s tricks, Stewart takes readers on a whirlwind tour of how [the consulting] industry came to be a powerhouse. Filled with fascinating insider anecdotes and featuring a who’s who in the consulting world…this wry, absorbing book will enlighten executives about the value consultants actually bring to their clients.” — Publishers Weekly

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