Achieving Excellence in Management: Identifying and Learning from Bad Practices

  • 1h 57m
  • Andrew Kilner
  • Business Expert Press
  • 2010

Most books on management principles focus on particular rules of thumb and best management practices. While the latter approach provides useful guidance and insights, it does not give executives much of an understanding of what bad management can entail and the damage that it can produce. Indeed, good management practice makes most sense when it can be directly contrasted with examples of bad management and its implications. To fill this critical gap, this book adopts a fresh approach identifying reasons for bad management which are backed up by case studies from real life business situations. The sound management principles so developed can subsequently be applied to a broad range of settings for personal careers in traditional firms or in entrepreneurial or global ventures. Also, to establish role models and mentor topics for individuals and companies, and for handling many problems in the current uncertain international business environment.

About the Author

Andrew Kilner, PhD (Cambridge), MBA (City, London), has had an extremely varied career thus enabling him to treat this topic from very diverse points of view. He spent over 15 years as a business planning manager in large international companies (both manufacturing and service) in several countries, acted as a consultant to small UK firms and the British Foreign Office aid projects for Poland, created his own automotive research bureau in Brussels, and ultimately became professor, head of department, and first MBA director at the Rennes Graduate School of Business in France.

In this Book

  • Achieving Excellence in Management—Identifying and Learning from Bad Practices
  • Introduction
  • Essential Fundamentals
  • Management Failings
  • Ideal Managers and Excellent Companies
  • Differences in Managing Small Businesses*
  • Extra Needs for International Management*
  • Management Issues and Crises
  • How to Better Manage Our (World) Affairs
  • Conclusions, Review of the Past, Changes for the Future
  • Case Study – The Rio to Paris Plane Crash
  • Application to the Management of Soccer Matches