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The Collapse of the American Management Mystique
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The Collapse of the American Management Mystique

Robert R. Locke


Every nation likes to believe myths about itself. Americans' belief in the superiority of their managerial know-how seemed to be among those most solidly based in reality. Yet, the author argues, despite its universal claims, American managerialism has never been more than a cultural peculiarity, one moreover whose claims to superiority had not been proved but assumed, on the premise that the best economy must have the best management. That premise, moreover, has not served American managerialism particularly well, for in the 1970s a gap opened up between the mystique of American management an ... More

Keywords: Americans, managerial know-how, cultural peculiarity, superiority, 1970s, West Germany, Japan, capitalist economies, received wisdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198774068
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198774068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert R. Locke, author
University of Hawaii at Manoa