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"This book will help managers in any type of organization, including nonprofits and the public sector, do their jobs better."

-- Michael E. Porter

Harvard Business School

Whether you're new to the field or a seasoned executive, this book will give you a firm grasp on what it takes to make an organization perform. It presents the basic principles of management simply, but not simplistically. Why did an eBay succeed where a Webvan did not? Why do you need both a business model and a strategy? Why is it impossible to manage without the right performance measures, and do yours pass the test?

What Management Is is both a beginner's guide and a bible for one of the greatest social innovations of modern times: the discipline of management. Joan Magretta, a former top editor at the Harvard Business Review, distills the wisdom of a bewildering sea of books and articles into one simple, clear volume, explaining both the logic of successful organizations and how that logic is embodied in practice.

Magretta makes rich use of examples — contemporary and historical — to bring to life management's High Concepts: value creation, business models, competitive strategy, and organizational design. She devotes equal attention to the often unwritten rules of execution that characterize the best-performing organizations. Throughout she shows how the principles of management that work in for-profit businesses can — and must — be applied to nonprofits as well.

Most management books preach a single formula or a single fad. This one roams knowledgeably over the best that has been thought and written with a practical eye for what matters in real organizations. Not since Peter Drucker's great work of the 1950s and 1960s has there been a comparable effort to present the work of management as a coherent whole, to take stock of the current state of play, and to write about it thoughtfully for readers of all backgrounds. Newcomers will find the basics demystified. More experienced readers will recognize a store of useful wisdom and a framework for improving their own performance.

This is the big-picture management book for our times. It defines a common standard of managerial literacy that will help all of us lead more productive lives, whether we aspire to be managers or not.

Synopsis:

A beginner's guide and a bible for one of the greatest social innovations of modern times: the discipline of management.

What Management Is distills the wisdom of a sea of analysis and research into one simple, clear volume, explaining both the logic of successful organizations and how that logic is embodied in practice. Making rich use of contemporary and historical examples, Joan Magretta brings to life management's High Concepts: value creation, business models, competitive strategy, and organizational design. She devotes equal attention to the often unwritten rules of execution that characterize the best-performing organizations. Throughout, she shows how the principles of management that work in for-profit businesses can—and must—be applied to nonprofits as well. This is the big-picture management book for our times, defining a common standard of managerial literacy that will help all of us lead more productive lives, whether we aspire to be managers or not.

Synopsis:

Former top editors of the "Harvard Business Review" synthesize the field of management in one easy-to-read volume, explaining to readers of all backgrounds how management works in the real world and why it matters even more in today's economy.

About the Author

Joan Magretta, M.B.A., Ph.D., is an award-winning contributor to the Harvard Business Review, where she was the strategy editor during the 1990s. Before that she was a partner at Bain and Company, a leading management consulting firm.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction:

The Universal Discipline

Part I. Design: Why People Work Together and How

Chapter 1

Value Creation: From the Outside In

Chapter 2

Business Models: Converting Insight to Enterprise

Chapter 3

Strategy: The Logic of Superior Performance

Chapter 4

Organization: Where to Draw the Lines

Part II. Execution: Making It Happen

Chapter 5

Facing Reality: Which Numbers Matter and Why

Chapter 6

The Real Bottom Line: Mission and Measures

Chapter 7

Betting on the Future: Innovation and Uncertainty

Chapter 8

Delivering Results: First, You Focus

Chapter 9

Managing People: Which Values Matter and Why

Epilogue:

Next Steps

Sources and Related Readings

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743203180
With:
Stone, Nan
Author:
Stone, Nan
Author:
Magretta, Joan
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Management Science
Subject:
Industrial Management
Subject:
Entrepreneurship
Subject:
Management - General
Subject:
Business management
Copyright:
Series Volume:
102
Publication Date:
January 2002
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 12.53 oz
Age Level:
Management

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"Synopsis" by , A beginner's guide and a bible for one of the greatest social innovations of modern times: the discipline of management.

What Management Is distills the wisdom of a sea of analysis and research into one simple, clear volume, explaining both the logic of successful organizations and how that logic is embodied in practice. Making rich use of contemporary and historical examples, Joan Magretta brings to life management's High Concepts: value creation, business models, competitive strategy, and organizational design. She devotes equal attention to the often unwritten rules of execution that characterize the best-performing organizations. Throughout, she shows how the principles of management that work in for-profit businesses can—and must—be applied to nonprofits as well. This is the big-picture management book for our times, defining a common standard of managerial literacy that will help all of us lead more productive lives, whether we aspire to be managers or not.

"Synopsis" by , Former top editors of the "Harvard Business Review" synthesize the field of management in one easy-to-read volume, explaining to readers of all backgrounds how management works in the real world and why it matters even more in today's economy.
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