Publisher: Amacom, 1997, 323 pages
Thousands of business books have been published over the past century (and a few in centuries before). Have you kept up? Do you know which ones represent truly breakthrough thinking? Do you know what Parkinson's Law is? Do you know who created these landmark concepts: reengineering, discountinous change, scientific management, satisfying the customer? And who "professionalized" the profession of management?
The Ultimate Business Library can help you catch up — and enjoy it! This one-stop guide provides succint, insightful summaries of 50 books that have changed the business world — broken new ground, set new standards, or revolutionized old, entrenched concepts.
From Sun Tzu's The Art of War (500 B.C.) to Nicolo Machiavelli's The Prince (1513) to Fredrick W. Taylor's The Principle of Scientific Management (1911) to Alvin Toffler's The Third Wave (1980) to James Champy and Michael Hammer's Reengineering the Corporation (1994), this unique compendium provides a complete overview of the art of management. Some other outstanding business thinkers included are Peter Drucker, W. Edwards Deming, Tom Peters, Philip Kotler, Hemry Mintzberg, Charles Handy, and Rosabeth Moss Kanter.
The summaries are written in a crisp, lively style that helps clarify the concepts of the original works, no matter what time period they are from. In addition, Gary Hamel (an important business thinker himself, and co-author of Competing for the Future) has written a brief commentary on each book. His illuminating insights provide context to help you understand the place of each book in business history.
In addition to the "top 50," the book also includes mini-descriptions of 50 "runners-up" — other management books that have had significant impact. These include books by Charles Babbage, Edward de Bono, John Naisbitt, Laurence Peter and Raymond Hull, and Shishana Zuboff.
This is a book full of ideas — and an idea can cause a revolution. The Ultimate Business Library is the best way to get up to speed on important business ideas. It might even inspire you to create some breakthrough ideas of your own!
A good selection of thinkers (and some surprises). Good for the bookshelf.