Another offering from the world of design-driven thinking in business. Moldoveanu and Martin have put together an excellent treatise on the future of the MBA – what works and what doesn’t. Depending on your side of the fence, an MBA is either the hottest ticket to success in business or a label that means unethical business practice. The authors provide a guide for how to put together a program that is a reliable, integrated approach to ethical business practice. The book relies on real-life experience, not just academic theory and will appeal to practical leaders who are guiding the future story of education.
Organizational change may be the most talked about but least understood aspect of corporate life. The proof is in the numbers. Most organizational change efforts fail. WHY? Authors Beer and Nohria present a raging argument among organizational scholars, corporate leaders, consultants and CEO’s – all of whom present their opinion on change management. Based in two opposing theories: Theory E – based on economic value and Theory O – based on organizational capability; the book outlines the arguments on both sides of the change management fence. An example from Warren Bennis: “that none of us is as smart as all of us – so that the top-down model in the present business context is not only dysfunctional and maladaptive but dangerous”. hmmmmmmmm ….
Roger Martin is attempting the impossible – changing a business school to have a base in innovation. Whether he succeeds or not, time will tell. Changing approach means changing the minds of the faculty – sometimes similar to stirring cement. Bringing design-driven thinking to business will take time. How? Check out his approach at a design conference. Otherwise, this book will show you how. Not an easy read, but worth the time.