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The Age of Heretics: Heroes, Outlaws, and the Forerunners of Corporate Change
by Art Kleiner
A magisterial cultural history, this book tells the story of the sixties revolution for freedom, self-expression, and high ideals--as it occurred not in the streets, but in business. Through a series of compelling stories, most never before told, Kleiner introduces readers to the visionary people who believed passionately that corporations could be the center not only of p ...more
Hardcover, 414 pages
Published March 1st 1988 by Currency
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Okay, I read this book purely for research purposes, and my reading was heavily influenced by those purposes: I was on the look out for managerial nonsense-speak, rather than a deep story. But Kleiner tells a good story about, in essence, how one very small group of post-war researchers suggested that employees would be happier and work better if they were (made to feel that they were) involved in the running of a company. He tells it at something enormous length--this is really an essay masquer ...more
Okay, full disclosure: The author is a long-time client and, I hope, a friend. But I liked this book in its first edition and the second one is even better. I really appreciate his analogy that corporate management theory is at the level of medicine before the discovery of the circulation of the blood. I do think Art is helping to move the field a bit past the use of leeches and other barber-surgeon techniques.