Management for Mankind
By Jonas Ridderstrale & Kjell Nordstrom
323 Pages, Illustrated, 6 ¾" x 8 ¼"
$52.50 Paper Original
The karaoke economy is dominated by individuals with endless choice. The trouble
for business is that the karaoke club is also home to institutionalized imitation.
Copy-cats abound. Only imagination and innovation place societies, organizations
and individuals center-stage. Karaoke Capitalism is a call to arms. The authors
are rebels with a cause. With their unorthodox combination of academic rigor,
forceful logic and funky free-thinking they once again re-write the rules for
This is a true work-out for the wits. The book teaches us how to successfully
compete on competencies, create capitalism with character, and how to have a
great life while also making a living. It is required reading for all those
wanting to be a first-rate version of themselves rather than a second-rate version
of someone else.
Karaoke Capitalism is a hitchhiker's guide to the galaxies of business. and
practice is that business schools, benchmarking and best practice have transformed
the entire world of commerce into a super-group of karaoke copying companies.
And imitating someone else will never get you to the top - merely to the middle.
Our societies are shaped by the glorious trio of technologies, institutions
and galaxies of commerce. It is a book about people - management for mankind
- the individuals prepared to grasp the microphone and express themselves. You
have the rights.
Now, you must learn to live them. The karaoke reality is a cosmopolitan club
with endless individual choice but also a paltry place for institutionalized
imitation. The dirty little secret of management theory values. Changes have
now made abnormal the new normal. The bubble economy has given way to the double
economy. Forget about appealing to the average. Success is a question of exploring
Corporations are no longer in control.
Modern companies are facing the prospects of a two-front war- held hostage by
talent and under siege by consumers. The winners know that wealth is created
with wisdom, but to remain competitive they are forced to create knowledge networks
that pose new and fundamentally different demands on the organization. In a
world of economic Darwinism, survival is a question of being fit or sexy - competing
on models and moods. Fitness boils down to using market imperfections to your
Masters of mood exploit the imperfections of man by seducing or sedating consumer.
Excellent companies re-invent innovation and re-energize the corporation. To
develop the character of capitalism we have to accept individual responsibility.
Look inside. Do you want to be a first-rate version of yourself or a second-rate
version of someone else?
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