David Hurst has a unique knowledge of organizations -- their
function and their failure -- both in theory and in practice. He
has spent twenty-five years as an operating manager, often in
crises and turnaround conditions, and is also a widely experienced
consultant, teacher, and writer on business. This book is his
innovative integration of management practice and theory, using a
systems perspective and analogies drawn from nature to illustrate
groundbreaking ideas and their practical application. It is
designed for readers unfamiliar with sophisticated management
concepts and for active practitioners seeking to advance their
management and leadership skills.
Hurst's objective is to help readers make meaning from their own
management experience and education, and to encourage improvement
in their practical judgment and wisdom. His approach takes an
expansive view of organizations, connecting their development to
humankind's evolutionary heritage and cultural history. It locates
the origins of organizations in communities of trust and follows
their development and maturation. He also crucially tracks the
decline of organizations as they age and shows how their strengths
become weaknesses in changing circumstances.
Hurst's core argument is that the human mind is rational in an
ecological, rather than a logical, sense. In other words, it has
evolved to extract cues to action from the specific situations in
which it finds itself. Therefore contexts matter, and Hurst shows
how passion, reason, and power can be used to change and sustain
organizations for good and ill. The result is an inspirational
synthesis of management theory and practice that will resonate with
every reader's experience.
Subjects: Management & Organizational Behavior, Business
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