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Publishing this November: Tom Peters

A new title in the acclaimed Critical Evaluations in Business and Management Series, Tom Peters brings together the very best critical assessments of one of the most influential business thinkers of our age. 

Recognised by The Economist as one of the most influential thinkers of the business world, Tom Peters is the subject of this last title in the series edited by John Wood and Michael Wood. With wide appeal to those in the subject areas of Economics, Business, Management and Accounting, Tom Peters assembles the most valuable of the critical assessments on his work in one publication.

The collection is enhanced by the editor’s introduction and expert deliberation on the commended business thinker – setting the collated critical evaluations in both historical and social context. Both John Wood and Michael Wood can be seen as true experts in their field. Their work over the last eleven years has seen the formation of the acclaimed Critical Evaluations in Business and Management Series.

Within the series, you can find an array of titles on a number of prominent figures in the subject area:

Rosabeth M. Kanter – The two volumes in this collection concentrate upon the concept, introduced by Kanter, of ‘empowerment’ in management.

Henry Mintzberg – As one of the leading thinkers in management and strategic planning, this four volume collection brings together the best critical evaluations of his work.

John P. Kotter – As a leading authority on the subject of business leadership and change, this collection takes a critical approach towards his work, setting it in both historical and intellectual context.

Michael Porter – Porter is an influential thinker in the field of management theory and introduces the concept of language and economics into the subject. The collection gathers the best critical assessments of his work.

Chris Argyris – As a key figure in the Human Relations Movement, Argyris is widely recognized as the founding father of the learning organization, making significant contributions to the understanding of organizational learning, organizational behavior, action research and experiential learning. This collection provides a thorough critical evaluation of Argyris’ work.

Alfred D. Chandler – This two volume collection brings together vital journal articles alongside other research on Chandler, who is seen as the founder of modern business history.

H. Igor Ansoff – The theories of Ansoff on strategic business management have been widely linked with long-term profitability. The collection provides an insightful critical approach to Ansoff’s contributions.

Herbert Simon – A founding figure in the field of artificial intelligence, this three volume collection is an invaluable research resource on this central figure.

Peter F Drucker – The collection gathers keys material on the work by Drucker, who published a number of influential books. Drucker took a humanist approach to management and made the argument that it is people who make business.

Joseph M. Juran - The teachings and writings of Joseph M. Juran have had a profound impact on the quality of the products we buy and use every day. This collection gathers together key material to enable students and researchers to explore the impact of Juran's ideas.

W.E. Deming- Deming is recognized as having put Japan on the road to leadership in international business and industry. Appearing on television in America, Deming reached a wide audience with his influential work. This collection combines key material on Deming’s ideas and their impact across the globe.

George Elton Mayo - Mayo’s ideas paved the way for the human relations management and organizational thinking. The collection looks at the impact Mayo had upon business and management studies right up to the present day. 

Alfred P. Sloan – Sloan had a profound influence on management thinking in America and throughout the Western world. Sloan’s leadership and success led to a great number of writings on his management practice, which are examined here in this comprehensive collection.

Frank and Lilian Gilbreth – These two figures are closely linked to time and motion studies and sought ways to determine ‘the one best way to do work’. This collection combines in one place some of the most significant writings on the pair. 

Henry Ford – Ford’s efforts ensured that the motor car was one of the defining products of the twentieth century. This collection examines Ford’s success in management and the way in which he helped to influence management practices.

F.W Taylor – The work of Taylor has been widely associated with massive increases in productivity. The collection focuses upon the methods used by Frederick Winslow Taylor and the style of management which he adopted.

Henri Fayol – As one of the founders of ‘classical management’, Fayol was one of the first to attempt to analyze the different activities that constitute management. The collection places Fayol’s ideas in historical context and provides access to his key writings.

The series concentrates on a number of key figures in the Business and Management field and brings together the best critical reflections on some of the most influential thinkers in this subject.