Today we recommend a book with a fresh and sound view on management: Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-based Management
Frankly, we’re a bit fed up of leadership fashions, superstition, and consultants who confuse their opinion with science. Jeffrey Pfeffer was too, so he decided to study management from a scientific point of view, with surprising results.
“The best organisations have the best talent. . . Financial incentives drive company performance. . . Firms must change or die.” Popular axioms like these drive business decisions every day.
Yet too much common management “wisdom” isn’t wise at all—but, instead, flawed knowledge based on “best practices” that are actually poor, incomplete, or outright obsolete. Worse, legions of managers use this dubious knowledge to make decisions that are hazardous to organisational health.
If you’re a critical thinker or manager this book is for you.