Academic journal article Manager

Sense, Nonsense in the Office

Academic journal article Manager

Sense, Nonsense in the Office

Article excerpt

Kenneth Armitage FInstAM reviews


by Lucy Kellaway

In my view the best UK broadsheet newspaper is, probably, the Financial Times. There is not much to look forward to at the beginning of the week apart from, that is, the Lucy Kellaway column in the Monday morning edition. In it she gently but decisively cuts into the swathe of management drivel, jargon and, sometimes, idiotic ramblings that tend to pour out of management consultants, business schools, management theorists and self styled management gurus and from the pages of company reports.

Somehow she manages, every now and again, to relate management issues, including motivation, remuneration and leadership, to the way in which she controls her household including the non-executive chairman (husband) and the noisy, reluctant, disobedient and sometimes rebellious junior staff (children).

This book is a compilation of many of those issues and covers, amongst others, such areas as management fads, management consultants, management books, euphemisms and flannel, training and office design.

Ms Kellaway, in her list of observations, accepts that management is a difficult task and that most managers are not good at their jobs. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.