Most books on management principles focus on particular rules of thumb
and best management practices. While the latter approach provides useful
guidance and insights, it does not give executives much of an understanding
of what bad management can entail and the damage that it can produce.
Indeed, good management makes the most sense when it can be
directly contrasted with examples of bad management and its implications.
To fill this critical gap, this book adopts a fresh approach, identifying
cases of bad management from real-life business situations experienced
by the author (chapter 3), and contrasting them with good management
practice as concisely defined in chapter 2.
The sound management principles so developed can subsequently be
applied to a broad range of settings for personal careers in traditional enterprises
or adapted to management of small firms (chapter 5), or international companies (chapter 6). They can also be used to establish role models and mentor topics for individuals (' ideal 'managers) and 'excellent' companies (chapter 4).
The last chapters show how good management practice can be applied
to better handle a wide range of current world problems faced not only by
companies (chapter 7), but also by national governments and international
institutions (chapters 8 and 9) during these particularly uncertain times.
Finally in the appendices, there are two specific cases illustrating the
usage of rigorous management techniques to analyze events and situations
outside the company business arena.
This book will be of interest to practicing managers and to students
of management. It can be a useful support to mainstream academic books
for current students but is of greatest value to postgraduates in their first
or second job, for older managers who have not previously been exposed
to this kind of material, and for various researchers or counselors who
could further develop certain of the novel themes proposed there.
Andrew Kilner, BSc(Imperial, London),PhD(Cambridge), MBA(City,London) has had an extremely varied career thus enabling him to treat these topics from very diverse points of view. He spent over 15 years as Business Planning Manager in large international companies in several countries, acted as a consultant to small UK firms and the British Foreign Office aid projects for Poland, created his own automotive research bureau in Brussels, and ultimately became Professor, Head of Department and first MBA director at the Rennes Graduate School of Business in France.
is currently teaching various aspects of management (processes,
international, small business), at several Business Schools around
In recent years, his main field of research concerns 'management excellence' and the application of sound management principles to diverse areas of activity – partly animated via an interactive website (including a Q/A element), operational since September 2000.(http://rafme.homestead.com