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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 t
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 15th 2009 by I. B. Tauris (first published April 3rd 2007)
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Douglas Hayes
Jul 10, 2011 Douglas Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristjan
Feb 12, 2012 Kristjan rated it really liked it
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
Melissa
Nov 03, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The authors have very interesting ideas about the decline of American business management. Much of their critique of MBA programs and other forms of "credentialism," metric-focused management, the dependence on self-styled experts, the loss of values other than meeting the bottom line, and other aspects of modern management rings true, as does their insistence that these problems are not unique to business but reflect broader sociological trends. Unfortunately, the book is not well edited, with ...more
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. :-)
Will Bell
This book is two books effectively.

One is a vague socio-cultural history book which expounds the values of the puritan settlers and endows upon them everything good which was later to come from the growth of the United States. This part of the book is absolute guff, conflating topics and coming up with blanket assertions (puritans made America, Puritans are all cooperative and perfectly adjusted, Puritans accept all others in the community) without any evidence. As to the virtues of the puritan
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Simona Sopagaite
This book has more realistic insight about the roots and journey of american management theories and practices. It describes how it started (first establishments by settlers like Shakers, Quakers, Puritans ), how it rose to it's high potencial ( Railroads, DuPont, IBM, HP, GM ) and how it fell, it provides analysis how the establishement of business management studies (eg: MBA) , pseudo scientific theories or neo-Taylorism destroyed the rise - "hands-on", "can-do” management methodology by bring ...more
Marcin
Mar 05, 2012 Marcin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carolina Liechtenstein
This book gives a good history of Protestant reformation era to modern era business. It details the pitfalls of Taylorism and neo-Taylorism, with its over emphasis on specialized management jobs, with not enough big picture management. It is a book that takes a different angle on how companies should be run. It is not one of those trendy management books. For me, it was a breath of fresh air.
XIAOZHOU
Read in the Chinese edition. Maybe because the translation is not quite proficient, which makes some sentences are not understandable. However, the whole idea that depicts the U.S. early immigration scenario by applying the Puritan spirituals is a fresh point to me.
Marty
Dec 04, 2012 Marty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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