What Were They Thinking?: Unconventional Wisdom about Management

    By Jeffrey Pfeffer
The question of how to improve organizational effectiveness through better people management is always top of mind. Yet every day, companies and their leaders fail to capitalize on opportunities because they misunderstand the real sources of business success. This book challenges incorrect and oversimplified assumptions and much conventional management wisdom - delivering wise and timely business commentary that helps business leaders make smarter decisions. decisions they make that affect their people and - as a result - their company's overall performance. Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or coauthor of 11 books. He has an engaging and strong authorial voice - making the book personality driven, not research driven. Yet Pfeffer brings many years of wisdom to bear in each chapter. popular columns in Business 2.0 (circulation 700,000) while still remaining concise and easily digestible. With 27 chapters on topics as wide ranging as people management and leadership to performance measurement and strategy, the book provides tremendous variety that keeps readers entertained and informed. Though short, each chapter is filled with insights, examples, facts, and data - as well as guidelines for managing people more intelligently. Pfeffer uses a wealth of U.S. based company examples and stories to illustrate his points, yet the issues plaguing these companies will be familiar to organizations around the world.
Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or coauthor of thirteen books, and has also held visiting professorships at the Harvard Business School, London Business School, IESE Business School in Spain, and other institutions.


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ISBN 9781422148099
Language English
Publish Date 07/09/2007
Publisher Harvard Business Review Press

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