Management Crisis and Business Revolution 1st Edition by John Harte
Management Crisis and Business Revolution describes the enormous gap between business theories on the one hand, and the realities of the workplace and uncertainties of the marketplace on the other. In place of reasoned management and disciplined organization John Harte depicts daily disorder, vagueness, and confusion; instead of the logical processes of classroom case histories with rational solutions. He provides tales of an abundance of irrational judgments, personal foibles, and business follies. Once a top operational manager with multinational organizations, Harte applies his hands-on knowledge of the business world to a realistic examination of workplace conditions. He describes methodically how to handle human limitations in the average business enterprise, as well as how to develop management strengths.
The author observed superior and inferior management firsthand, and therefore witnessed the painful demise of many companies, some of which, in his opinion, could have been saved. With thirty years’ experience to draw on, he analyzes why so many businesses and products fail, while others succeed. He examines the amazing progress of Japan and other Pacific Asian countries; explains the decline of German, Canadian, British, and French management practices; and provides strategies for the marketplace. The business sectors described in this all-encompassing book include: high-technology, fast-moving packaged consumer goods like detergents; manufacturing and retailing consumer durables like furniture and appliances; soft goods; fashion products; service sector industries; manufacturing, wholesaling, and retail trade; and a whole range of new service industries. Harte stresses that while management and trade are timeless, dedication in the West has declined.
The challenge is how to manage change by innovating, and replacing senile customs, systems, and institutions with more progressive ones suited to the new business environment. This unusually tough
Print Length: 477 Pages
July 5, 2017
Genre: Marketing, Business Marketing, Business Management
Successful Management In The Digital Age 1st Edition by John Harte
Successful Management in the Digital Age examines key factors for success in today’s business environment—finding markets, being vigilant for new trends and changes, exploiting opportunities, and overcoming obstacles. While acknowledging the benefits of technological advances in some areas, John Harte shows how artificial intelligence is limited and often imperfect. Becoming thoughtlessly dependent on it may replace the far more rewarding benefits of human ingenuity, creativity and innovation.
For Harte, organizational complacency is one of the prime causes of business inertia. It often results from past successes that create an illusion of wisdom and invulnerability which blinds leaders to warning signs. De-industrialization is just one example of a movement that led to the present market stagnation.
Harte reminds executives and entrepreneurs of the basic formula for success in any business—producing a product or service that people want, and providing it at the right time for the right price, in order to make a suitable profit. He warns us to resist temptations of the digital era, such as automation that results in over-production and market saturation, outsourcing that risks losing customers, and losing control of brands and markets by needless offshoring.
Paperback: 308 Pages
April 5, 2016
Genre: Marketing, Business Marketing, Business Management
About The Author: John Harte has led a varied and busy life in a number of different careers and countries, as a child prodigy who consumed over two thousand books in his father’s library from the age of eight, including English, French, and Russian classics. He was an artist attending weekly life classes at Kingston-on-Thames Art school at the age of thirteen, during his final year at St. Paul’s School in England. The aim of his art master was to compile a portfolio of his line drawings for a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art in Oxford. Those plans were unexpectedly challenged by the imminence of World War 2 and an expected invasion by German troops who had already overrun Europe.
He accepted his first job offer to design and paint scenery for the theatre. It introduced him also to acting, at which he had been successful in school. After an audition at the Henley Playhouse, he was appointed as their leading man at the age of fourteen. He was hired by H. M. Tennant, soon after, to understudy John Gielgud in Love for Love at London’s Haymarket Theatre when he was only fifteen.
Harte subsequently played some two hundred leading roles all over Britain, several at the Moss and Stoll theatre circuit with seating capacities of 3,000, and in provincial weekly repertory companies, with special weeks in and around London’s smaller try-out theatres.
Four of his own plays were produced, including a dramatization of a P. G. Wodehouse comic short story which he called Don’t Lose Your Head, and his dramatization of D, H. Lawrence’s most controversial novel. He chose to call it Lady Chatterley, because it was about a woman who wanted to take charge of her mind and body in a society dominated by men. His was the only “official version” championed by the feminist Frieda Lawrence, and performed to packed houses for a run at the Arts Theatre in 1961. It was only prevented from being transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre, as planned and licensed by the Lord Chamberlain’s office, by the famous trial against Penguin Books for publishing an unexpurgated version of the novel. The failure of the prosecution at the Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey, changed Britain’s more formal and polite society into the so-called “permissive society.”
When theatres closed all over the British Isles with the establishment of television, Harte switched careers to business management, commencing as a management trainee in the paper industry in London. He soon became a company director. He made another successful career in the advertising industry overseas with J. Walter Thompson (WPI). And, by 1970, his varied skills and wealth of experience resulted in his appointment, first, as a director of the leading modern art gallery in Johannesburg, then as adviser to twenty-eight Presidents of companies acquired by the biggest textile conglomerate in South Africa. He became Managing Director of one of their upmarket companies in Durban. He was also Marketing Vice-President of GE when they were the leading global brand. About a decade or more later, after settling in Canada, he was elected Director General of the Canadian Institute of Marketing. Having now retired from a business career, he writes books on subjects he found challenging to master in his rich and varied career.
Hunt for A Double Spy is a glance back to a moment in postwar Britain when, as an undercover investigative journalist, he discovered a clandestine plot by Sir Oswald Mosley’s Fascist Party to take over Britain, and brought it to the attention of Parliament and the newspapers, which ended Mosley’s political career. He found spies almost everywhere since then – or they found him. Now he prefers to write about them in seclusion in the quiet government city of Ottawa in Canada, close to the border with New York.
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