The Future of Management

  • by Gary Hamel, Bill Breen
  • Narrated by Gary Hamel
  • 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What really fuels long-term business success? Not operational excellence or new business models, but management innovation: new ways of mobilizing talent, allocating resources, and building strategies. Over the past century, breakthroughs in the "technology of management" have enabled a few companies, including General Electric, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, and Visa, to cross new performance thresholds and build long-term advantages. Yet most companies lack a disciplined process for radical management innovation. World renowned business sage Gary Hamel argues that organizations need bold management innovation now more than ever. The current management model, centered on control and efficiency, no longer suffices in a world where adaptability and creativity drive business success. In his most provocative book to date, Hamel takes aim at the legacy beliefs preventing 21st-century companies from surmounting new challenges. With incisive analysis and vivid illustrations, he explains how to turn your company into a serial management innovator, and reveals:
The make-or-break challenges that will determine competitive success in an age of head-snapping change

The toxic effects of our legacy-management beliefs

The unconventional management practices generating breakthrough results in a handful of pioneering organizations

The new principles every company must weave into its management DNA

The Web's potential to obliterate smokestack management practices

The actions your company can take now to build its own management advantage
Get ready to throw off the shackles of yesterday's management dogma. Tomorrow's winners will be those companies that start inventing the future of management today.

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What the Critics Say

"Like many great inventions, management practices have a shelf life....Gary Hamel explains how to jettison the weak ones and embrace the ones that work. (Fortune)
"There's much here that will resonate with forward-thinking managers." (BusinessWeek)

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Customer Reviews

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Narration Ruins Excellent Book

This offering is a great example of the axiom that authors are rarely good narrator/readers of their own work. Gary Hamel is a insightful management thinker, and his books are always worth reading. Unfortunately, this audio book is barely worth listening to. The content is excellent (worth 5 stars, although it echoes 2002's "Leading the Revolution"), but Mr. Hamel's reading is awful. It's full of mispronunciations and atrocious diction (bleeve?). This is one of those rare instances where I have to recommend that you buy the book rather the audiobook. Hamel's words on the page have a much greater impact than his words on your iPod.
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- Kevin

Extremely Helpful

A Fascinating look at how management is changing. I found this audio to be a great listen and extremely useful for its specific suggestions and challenges to be innovative.
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- morton

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2008
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC