Confronting Managerialism: How the Business Elite and Their Schools Threw Our Lives Out of Balance

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Zed Books Ltd., Sep 8, 2011 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
Confronting Managerialism offers a scathing critique of the influence of neoclassical economics and modern finance on business school teaching and management practice. Locke and Spender show that responsible management has given way to ‘managerialism’, whereby an elite caste of businessmen disconnected from any ethical considerations call the shots. The book traces the loss of managers’ earlier social concerns, amply encouraged by management education’s transformation since the 1960's, especially in the US. It also questions not only the social ethics of the US management caste but its management efficacy compared to systems of management that are highly employee participatory and dependent, such as in Germany and Japan. A unique, topical and controversial look at a subject that impacts us all.
 

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Contents

Managerialism and business school education 19201970
The failure of management science and the US business school model
US managerialism and business schools fail to find their moral compass
Managerialism and the decline of the US automobile industry
Managerialism business schools and our financial crisis
Back to balance
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Robert R. Locke is Emeritus Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including The End of the Practical Man (2006), The Collapse of the American Management Mystique (1996), and The Entrepreneurial Shift (2004). J.-C. Spender is the author of Industry Recipes (1989) and, with Burton-Jones, the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Human Capital (2011).

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