- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Warner Adult (1 March 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570429979
- ISBN-13: 978-1570429972
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
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Extreme Management: What They Teach at Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook, Import
Audio Cassette, Abridged, Audiobook, Import
The program summarizes what's taught at the renowned management school, which was started during WWII and flourishes today as a rite of passage for top corporate executives. After framing the program's inception as a response to Hitler and then using Truman's decision to bomb Japan as an example of management resolve, the military emphasis diminishes, but not much. The writing is combative, even for today's take-no-prisoners corporations, and the reader needlessly exaggerates this. The program covers a lot of ground so quickly that the ideas sound like platitudes or clichés. This and the wordiness of the writing make it hard to tolerate despite the basic soundness of the management lessons. T.W. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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The book offers a small collection bullet lists of lessons learned by several program participants from 1996. Material also includes simple and inconclusive Q&A interviews with program staff and students from the same timeframe. Even when originally published in 2001, the material was very dated. A book with this tag line should produce an executive summary of the now eight week, $60,000 program, and provide insight to future participants what to expect from their participation.
In my view it is a good book considering the price i paid, reading time, breadth of topics, simplicity and few good examples of how high level concepts could be translated into actions. I felt like spending few hours in the company of professors and executives, what they shared made sense to me and made me collect their words as jewels. Where else could one find synthesized knowledge from people like Michael Porter, Fruhan and other renowned scholars within 190/200 pages? I liked the simple manner in which DuPont and other fundamental financial management concepts are explained. I wouldn't mind recommending it to anyone for casual reading during a 3hr flight. Indeed it is not a text book, should not be taken seriously and may not be permanent part of your collection. The book is NOT for technical person who likes to live in details, nor for one who tends to seek ready-made solutions, nor for one who is interested in structured learning or pursuing graduate degree in management. One finds elements of inspiration and motivation to act, hallmark of good books. The stuff about Harvard or text on cover is more of marketing gimmick but nowhere author claims school endorses his book. There is a clear statement to that fact so don't know what caused the confusion written in other reviews. What matters is that the interviews, wisdom and thought process shared by people is original and real.... writer did not make up those 7 OFP points or market competition strategies. Don't expect a book could make you good manager or reveal secrets of success - there is no formula book.
Bottomline, professors who are Harvard's brain and their executive students from Fortune500/Global2000, .....talk to you in this book. It does not matter whether the book is endorsed by the school or if the writer himself attended the AMP program.....knowledge shouldn't have strings attached to it.
The text was by far an ad for the Advanced Management Program and Harvard Business school. It also touched slightly on management from a global arena, when most would know that all businesses are likely to go global. So more information is needed for a non-AMP student to learn how to manage in a global market.
Overall the book was informational, but could not be used as the only form of education for potential managers. Not everyone can afford to go to Harvard, but any business school would be better then just reading this book. Because business school can explain these points better and with more content then the book did.
It's a better investment to spend your moeny on a bag of jelly beans than to purchase this book. Can I have my time back that was wasted reading this book?