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The Ultimate Management Theory Book?

by David McCoy  |  August 12, 2011  |  Submit a Comment

I’ve not been a fan of management theory books. I have my reasons, and you probably know that from my posts in 2008. Too many of the books on the shelf are temporal ramblings from someone who has done something noteworthy and been approached by a publisher. Many are little more than comic books for adults. Every now and then, a Peter Drucker-class book comes along.

I’d like to get your take on the one (1) book that you would take to Mars, if you were being assigned as the new head of Martian commerce. If Mars is too far, then make it Albania. If you could select and read just one management theory book, which would it be? Personally, I’m still looking for the all-encompassing book, but I’ve yet to find a one called, “Stop Blinking and Move my Cheese so my Elephant can Dance like his Olive Tree is on Fire!” Until that fateful day in publishing history, what would you recommend, other than therapy?


David W. McCoy
Managing VPt
19 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry

David McCoy manages the analysts on the IT Procurement and Asset Management team. David started Gartner's BPM research and is credited with defining the market that emerged ...Read Full Bio

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