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The Age of Heretics: A History of the Radical Thinkers Who Reinvented Corporate Management



The Age of Heretics: A History of the Radical Thinkers Who Reinvented Corporate Management


In this second edition of his bestselling book, author Art Kleiner explores the nature of effective leadership in times of change and defines its importance to the corporation of the future. He describes a heretic as a visionary who creates change in large-scale companies, balancing the contrary truths they can’t deny against their loyalty to their organizations. The Age of Heretics reveals how managers can get stuck in counterproductive ways of doing things and shows why it takes a heretical point of view to get past the deadlock and move forward.
Foreword by Warren Bennis.

Preface by Steven Wheeler and Walter McFarland.

To the Reader.

1. Monastics: Corporate Culture and Its Discontents, 1945 to Today.

2. Pelagians: National Training Laboratories, 1947–1962.

3. Reformists: Workplace Redesign at Procter & Gamble and the Gaines Dog Food Plant in Topeka, 1961–1973.

4. Protesters: Saul Alinsky, FIGHTON, Campaign GM, and the Shareholder Activism Movement, 1964–1971.

5. Mystics: Royal Dutch/Shell’s Scenario Planners, 1967–1973.

6. Lovers of Faith and Reason: Heretical Engineers at Stanford Research Institute and MIT, 1955–1971.

7. Parzival’s Dilemma: Edie Seashore, Chris Argyris, and Warren Bennis, 1959–1979.

8. Millenarians: Erewhon, the SRI Futures Group, Herman Kahn, Royal Dutch/Shell, and Amory Lovins, 1968–1979.

9. The Rapids: Hayes and Abernathy, Tom Peters, W. Edwards Deming, the Creators of GE Work-Out, and Other Synthesizers of Management Change, 1974–1982.




About the Author.


"An inspiring and enlightening reading for any business person who fears their ideas may face initial rejection." (The Midwest Book Review, October 2008)

Voted a "Best Business Book of 2008" by the Miami Herald