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Management in the USA



© 1996 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This analysis of key defining aspects of management style, practice and values in the USA, draws on interviews and observations from a range of organizations across America.

Peter Lawrence begins by considering some broad contextual characteristics of economy and society in the United States, and their general relationship to American business. He then considers a number of specific themes which he argues are central to understanding management in the United States. These include values of differentiated individualism, free speech and self interest, and proactivity. Lawrence explores ways in which such values are reflected in US managers' motivations and practices, notably in their strong strategic and systems orientations. He also examines US-style industrial relations and personnel management. The book concludes with a discussion of the factors which may account for the relative economic decline of the US in recent decades in the increasingly competitive world of `globalizing' business.

 
Stars and Strands
 
An Economic Phenomenon
 
Individualism
 
Strategy
 
Proactivity
 
Systems
 
Free Speech and Self-Interest
 
Industrial Relations
 
Personnel and People
 
Audit
 
An American Paradox

'...it [the book] is an easy-flowing story with a well balanced amount of detail and quotations' - Scandinavian Journal of Management

'While both thoughtful and scholarly, the book is at the same time lively, thought provoking, and readable. Both American and non-American readers willfind plenty of insights here' - Company Accountant

`One of Lawrence's strengths is his ability to draw managerial lessons from unexpected sources' - Financial Times

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Peter A Lawrence

Peter Lawrence is Professor of Comparative Management at Loughborough University Business School. He is the author of numerous books on international and comparative management More About Author

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