Charles Handy guides you through the lives and works of his
choice of management gurus.
Charles Handy was, for many years, a professor at the London
Business School. He is now an independent writer and broadcaster.
He describes himself, these days, as a social philosopher.
Peter Drucker is thought of around the world as the seminal
thinker, writer, and lecturer on the contemporary organization.
Tom Peters is not a philosopher or a social historian like
Peter Drucker. He no longer has any all-embracing theories of the
world of organisations nor any formulas for change but he gets under
the skin of an organisation.
Warren Bennis has devoted most of his life to the study of
leaders of every description.
For his popularity and influence among the leaders of business,
The Economist magazine named Ghoshal as one of the Eurogurus.
Kenichi Ohmae made his mark twenty years ago with his book
on corporate strategy. It is still a collection of good sense and
clear advice, even though some of the examples may now seem a bit
In their book, "Competing for the Future", which came out in
1995. Hamel and Prahalad start off by pointing out that you can
improve your results in two ways: by cutting your costs, or by increasing
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Rosabeth goes into leading-edge corporations, learns from them
and then serves up what she's learnt in nicely digestible messages
for the rest of us.
Bill Gates is an outstanding example of another sort of guru,
the guru who preaches more by deeds than by words. He revels in
change and draws inspiration from a crisis.
Ricardo Semler, author and business manager, is celebrated
as a role model of a Chief Executive who breaks all the traditional
rules and succeeds, massively.
Porter suggested that one of the strategies managers can choose
from to gain competitive advantage is to offer something special
or different which would allow you to command a premium price.
Fons Trompenaar and Charles
For twenty years these two academics, a cross-cultural Anglo-Dutch
partnership, have been interviewing managers around the world, giving
them questionnaires to answer, conducting seminars and advising