Flawed Advice and the Management Trap
How Managers Can Know When They're Getting Good Advice and When They're Not
By (author) Chris Argyris
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Flawed Advice and the Management Trap by Chris Argyris
Book DescriptionFlawed Advice and the Management Trap: How Managers Can Know When They're Getting Good Advice and When They're Not is the first book to show how and why so much of today's business advice is flawed, and how managers and executives can better evaluate advice given to their firms Practitioners and scholars agree that businesses in the coming millennium will be managed differently than firms of the 20th century. And getting there from here, according to today's best advice, will require creative change. In this pioneering work, Argyris, one of the world's leading organizational thinkers, reviews a wide array of business advice from the best and brightest thinkers and consultants and concludes that as appealing as their ideas may be, most of them are simply not workable. They are too full of abstract claims, logical gaps, and inconsistencies, to be useful. And ironically, even when their recommendations are implemented correctly, the result is often failure. Why do these gaps in logic exist, and how can they be more effectively discovered? Applying a disciplined critique to numerous representative examples of advice about leadership, learning, change, and employee commitment, Argyris shows readers how to be more critical of the advice they are given, how to learn new approaches for appraising employee performance, and how to generate an internal commitment to values and better strategy. In our ever expanding global market, innovative business advice is at a premium, and giving this advice has become a lucrative industry in and of itself. This book provides the critical lens necessary to evaluate which advice is best for your organization.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195132861
(241mm x 161mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 2-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Chris Argyris
Organizational Traps, Paperback (January 2012)
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Teaching Smart People How to Learn, Paperback (May 2008)
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Reasons and Rationalizations, Paperback (January 2006)
This is a book about how social sciences can be improved in ways that its relevance is expanded, the applicability of its knowledge is enlarged and increased, and the commitment to questioning the status quo is strengthened.
Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, Hardback (December 2004)» View all books by Chris Argyris
The second edition of this flagship business and management reference work is divided into 12 individual subject volumes and an index and includes a brand new volume on Entrepreneurship.
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Author Biography - Chris Argyris
Chris Argyris is James Bryant Conant Professor of Orgnizational Behavior, Emeritus at Harvard University.
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