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The Puritan Gift: Triumph, Collapse and Revival of an American Dream

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Financial Times Top Ten Business Book of 2007!
The Puritan Gift traces the origins and the characteristics of American managerial culture which, in the course of three centuries, would turn a group of small colonies into the greatest economic and political power on earth. It was the Protestant ethic whose characteristics--thrift, a respect for enquiry, individualism te
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 15th 2009 by I. B. Tauris (first published April 3rd 2007)
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Alberto Brandolini
Visione storica realmente affascinante. Si ha però l'impressione che con l'avvicinarsi ai giorni nostri l'analisi sia più strumentale e meno approfondita. Perfetto per demistificare la spocchia degli MBA. :-)
Douglas Hayes
This is a must read for anyone that is in business management, or interested in the history of business (including philosophy, management, and practices)for the last four centuries.

It is well written, thoroughly researched and informative.

The assumption of the book is given in the first sentence of the Prologue: "The Puritan Gift is a rare ability to create organizations that serve a useful purpose, and to manage them well."

Upon the the basis Christian/Puritan worldview, American industry was...more
Kristjan
A very interesting analysis of the development of American management philosophy. Also an indictment of companies that will do anything to post short-term profits, even at the expense of long-term viability. One thing that detracts from this book is that the authors sometimes wade into topics that have little or nothing to do with management philosophy, e.g. global warming. But it is Boeing's Dreamliner that gives this book much credibility. The book came out in 2009 and this is what the authors...more
Marcin
Certainly worth a read. A well written history of the American corporations since the days first settlers set foot on the new land. Gives context to better understand the ups and downs of the US economy, the different management schools of thought and their effect on corporations. Read where people like Sloan, Drucker, Deming, Taylor, Duran, Wren, Given, Sarasohn, Protzman and Polkinghorn among many others worked and what their ideas and contributions really were. Check what effect the American...more
Marty
A must read for anyone remotely interested in what made the USA great when it was great, what went wrong, and how it can be corrected.
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