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The faith of the managers : when management becomes religion

Author: Stephen Pattison
Publisher: London ; Herndon, VA : Cassell, 1997.
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According to Stephen Pattison, managers have become the cultural heroes of our time. In this book, he examines some of the values, assumptions, beliefs and practices they embrace. Managerialism, he argues, is a form of religious faith, and he criticizes the utopianism of those whom managers look upon as gurus. He suggests that managers should apply to their faith some of the critical spirit that theologians have  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Pattison, Stephen.
Faith of the managers.
London ; Herndon, VA : Cassell, 1997
(OCoLC)38318318
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Pattison
ISBN: 9780826426598 082642659X
OCLC Number: 271457252
Description: 1 online resource (188 pages)
Contents: Preface; Introduction: Mystical management; 1. The nature of management; 2. Management as religion; 3. Understanding management as religion; 4. Words and worlds; 5. Ideal and reality; 6. Dualism and demons; 7. Virtues and values; 8. Changes and chances; 9. Prophets and sages; Conclusion; Coda: An essay on management to its religious admirers; Notes; Index.
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According to Stephen Pattison, managers have become the cultural heroes of our time. In this book, he examines some of the values, assumptions, beliefs and practices they embrace. Managerialism, he argues, is a form of religious faith, and he criticizes the utopianism of those whom managers look upon as gurus. He suggests that managers should apply to their faith some of the critical spirit that theologians have applied to religious belief. His book will be of interest to all who want more from management than manipulative technique and incomprehensible jargon.

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