(His enduring popularity started me thinking about the difference between those Gods of Management who endure and those who go stale. Who deserves to hold their place on Olympus alongside Machiavelli, Sun Tzu and Drucker, and whom do we throw off the mountain?
Gods of Management
DescriptionWhat would the world of business be like if it were run by the Greek gods of yore? Would Apollo be the right man at the helm of Acme Widget? What sweeping changes would Athena make if she controlled an ad agency? While this might merely seem like an entertaining concept, it also happens to be an extremely valuable framework for understanding management styles and the corporate cultures associated with them.
In The Gods of Management , best-selling author Charles Handy uses four Greek gods to illustrate for managers the basic approaches they can use in their own businesses. When power radiates throughout the company from a top boss, that would be an example of a Zeus or "club" organization, one that investment banks and brokerage firms often adopt for their corporate climates. An Apollo "role" culture, on the other hand, results in a stable bureaucracy, such as a life insurance company or a firm with a long history of success with a single product. The Athena "task" environment emphasizes talent, youth, and team problem-solving, as we'd find in ad agencies and consultancies. And lastly, a Dionysius "existential" design exists to let individuals achieve their purposes, as in a university or group medical practice.
In this thought-provoking volume, Charles Handy shows managers how to be aware of the cultural choices they can make to create a more productive and satisfying workplace.
"A prescient caveat, written some fifteen years before 'change engineers' said that sticking to an organization chart can do more harm than good."--Business Week
Product Details272 pages; 15 line illus.; 5-5/16 x 8; ISBN13: 978-0-19-509617-0ISBN10: 0-19-509617-7
About the Author(s)
Charles Handy is a Fellow of the London Business School. His books on management have been translated into over a dozen languages, and have sold over one million copies around the world. His first, Understanding Organizations has been the standard textbook in Britain for many years.