Capitalist Philosophers : The Geniuses of Modern Business - Their Lives, Times, and Ideas
Description and Reviews
From The Publisher:
In The Capitalist Philosophers, Andrea Gabor tells the epic story of American business through the lives, times, and ideas of the great thinkers who defined the art and science of business. It is a book full of colorful stories and insights into why the business world is the way it is today.
Andrea Gabor's engrossing stories of yesterday's big thinkers provide essential insights for tomorrow's business leaders, helping them find enduring truths in all passing fads and fancies.
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School, author of World Class
A thoughtful and important history of seminal thinkers who shaped - and continue to shape - the theory and practice of management.
—Warren Bennis, University of Southern California, author of Co-Leaders
From Adrian Wooldrige - Wall Street Journal
In The Capitalist Philosophers Andrea Gabor does a sound job of providing pen portraits of America's important business thinkers.
From E. Thomas Wood - Bookpage
From both the best and the worst of the management theorists profiled here, we re-learn the timeless lesson that ideas have consequences....Though much ink has been spilled about individuals like Peter Drucker, W. Edwards Deming, and Herbert Simon, Gabor contributes important insights about the lasting significance of their work.
From John T. Landry - Harvard Business Review
The well-balanced portraits examine the subjects' personal and intellectual developments, and take pains to show how these thinkers affected big companies for good and bad....The author has a good eye for the revealing details that both guided and limited her thinkers' ideas.
From Business 2.0
The Capitalist Philosophers is essential reading for anyone thinking about hiring a fashionable management consultant. Armed with a few great ideas from the past, you'll be better able to manage the future.
From Library Journal
All movements have their leaders, visionaries, or theoreticians; capitalism is no exception. Business writer Gabor (The Man Who Discovered Quality) has assembled a list of 13 Americans (12 men and one woman)--from scientific manager Frederick Winslow Taylor to "the big idea" man Peter Drucker--who have offered philosophical direction for business in this country over the past century. What do these people have in common? They all studied the same writings; wrote at least one seminal work; and found their way into the hallways of power as consultants, challenging the status quo along the way. Brilliant, opinionated, mercurial, and often self-promotional, they were outsiders who tended to work outside the corporate mainstream. Some of the profiles are thin biographical sketches that allow only the briefest snapshot of these remarkable people. But overall, this is a useful primer allowing us to look back at those individuals who contributed so much to American business and the contemporary workplace. Recommended for all academic libraries and larger business collections.—Richard S. Drezen, Washington Post News Research Ctr., Washington, DC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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About the Author
Andrea Gabor is the author of The Man Who Discovered Quality and Einstein's Wife. She has been a senior editor at U.S. News & World Report and a staff editor in corporate strategy and technology at Business Week. Gabor has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and is currently a professor at Baruch College/CUNY. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.
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