Management’s Three Eras: A Brief History


Organization as machine – this imagery from our industrial past continues to cast a long shadow over the way we think about management today. It isn’t the only deeply-held and rarely examined notion that affects how organizations are run. Managers still assume that stability is the normal state of affairs and change is the unusual state. Organizations still emphasize exploitation of existing advantages, driving a short-term orientation that many bemoan. Corporations continue to focus too narrowly on shareholders, with terrible consequences – even at great companies like IBM. Read here.

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