This classic volume achieves a remarkable width of appeal without sacrificing scientific accuracy or depth of analysis. It is a valuable contribution to the study of business efficiency which should be read by anyone wanting information about the developments and place of management, and it is as relevant today as when it was first written.
This is a practical book, written out of many years of experience in working with managements of small, medium and large corporations. It aims to be a management guide, enabling readers to examine their own work and performance, to diagnose their weaknesses and to improve their own effectiveness as well as the results of the enterprise they are responsible for.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction; Chapter 1 The Role of Management; Chapter 2 The Jobs of Management; Chapter 3 The Challenge to Management; Part 2 Managing a Business; Chapter 4 The Sears Story; Chapter 5 What is a Business?; Chapter 6 What is our Business – and What Should It Be?; Chapter 7 The Objectives of a Business; Chapter 8 Today’s Decisions for Tomorrow’s Results; Chapter 9 The Principles of Production; Part 3 Managing Managers; Chapter 10 The Ford Story; Chapter 11 Management by Objectives and Self-control; Chapter 12 Managers Must Manage; Chapter 13 The Spirit of an Organization; Chapter 14 Chief Executive and Board; Chapter 15 Developing Managers; Part 4 The Structure of Management; Chapter 16 What Kind of Structure?; Chapter 17 Building the Structure; Chapter 18 The Small, the Large, the Growing Business; Part 5 The Management of Worker and Work; Chapter 19 The IBM Story; Chapter 20 Employing the Whole Man; Chapter 21 Is Personnel Management Bankrupt?; Chapter 22 Human Organization for Peak Performance; Chapter 23 Motivating to Peak Performance; Chapter 24 The Economic Dimension; Chapter 25 The Supervisor; Chapter 26 The Professional Employee; Part 6 What it Means to Be a Manager; Chapter 27 The Manager and His Work; Chapter 28 Making Decisions; Chapter 29 The Manager of Tomorrow; Part 7 Conclusions; Chapter 30 The Responsibilities of Management;
Peter F. Drucker
'It is a tour de force, brilliantly conceived and admirably carried out. It is original, stimulating and full of wisdom. Every manager in British business should buy a copy. Boards of directors might well consider presenting one to every executive.'
The Times Review of Industry
'This is one of the best and certainly the most stimulating of books on management that had appeared for some years. Those who now manage ought to read it: those who try to teach management ought to buy it.'
The Times Educational Supplement