Our task as management educators is to work out what management is for and what its principles are, and then to teach those to a new generation so that they tackle the problems of present and future with confidence and skill.
from A History of Management Thought

* With apologies to Karl von Clausewitz


Managing for Success
Managing for Success
Morgen Witzel
Bloomsbury, April 2015
The damage that incompetent managers do is incalculable. Every year they wipe tens of billions off the value of companies around the world. But the routinely incompetent behaviour that leads to failure is often covered up, incompetent managers are paid off and the causes of failure are swept under the carpet. Yet, most of these failures could have been avoided if only we knew how to spot the signs of incompetence in advance, and take steps to prevent it happening. Prevention is always better, and cheaper, than cure. Morgen Witzel tackles the problem of incompetence in the round by exploring the political, cultural, psychological & personal factors that lead to incompetency at every level of business. Arrogance, excessive reliance on formal plans & metrics, lack of professional pride, & poor and misguided business education and training are among the problems that drag businesses down.

Management from the Masters
Management from the Masters
Morgen Witzel
Bloomsbury, January 2014
“Morgen Witzel, one of the world’s leading management historians has done it again. He has written another outstanding book that is a pleasure to read and at the same time makes us think deeply about important management principles that are historical yet entirely relevant for our challenging global economy.” – Karl Moore, Associate Professor, McGill University

Management from the Masters
Management from the Masters
Morgen Witzel
Portfolio, Penguin Books India, July 2013

The Oxford Handbook of Management Theorists
The Oxford Handbook of Management Theorists
Morgen Witzel and Malcolm Warner, edtiors
OUP, February 2013
Contributors: Frances Abraham, Mie Augier, Kyle Bruce, John Child, Robert F Conti, Dame Sandra Dawson, Andrea Gabor, Cameron Guthrie, Alexandra Klein, William Lazonick, Ray Loveridge, John Mathews, Joseph P. Mahoney, Bernard Mees, Karl Moore, Jean-Louis Peaucelle, Christos Pitelis, Susan Segal-Horn J.-C. Spender, Peter Starbuck, Monir Tayeb, Andrew Thomson, Malcolm Warner, Peter Williamson, John Wilson, Keeley Wilson, Morgen Witzel, Mohamed Zairi, Milan Zeleny

Management Frameworks
Management Frameworks
Morgen Witzel (with Jacques Kemp and Andreas Schotter)
Routledge, November 2012

A History of Management Thought
A History of Management Thought
Morgen Witzel
Routledge/Taylor & Francis, December 2011
Tells the fascinating story of how management thinking has changed, shifted, evolved and developed down through the centuries.

Tata: The Evolution of a Corporate Brand
Tata: The Evolution of a Corporate Brand
Morgen Witzel
Penguin (India), July 2010

How to be your own Management Guru
How to be your own Management Guru
Morgen Witzel
Penguin (India), 2010

Management History: Text and Cases
Management History: Text and Cases
Morgen Witzel
Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2009

Doing Business in China
Doing Business in China
Morgen Witzel (with Tim Ambler and Chao Xi)
Routledge, 3rd Edition, 2008

Management: The Basics
Management: The Basics
Morgen Witzel
Routledge, 2004

Other publications

The Laws of Management, Pan Macmillan India, 2012

John Adair: Fundamentals of Leadership (edited with Jonathan Gosling and Peter Case), Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

The Overseas Chinese of Southeast Asia: Business, History, Culture (with Ian Rae), Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

(edited) Encyclopedia of the History of American Management, Continuum International, 2005.

Singular and Different: Business in China Past, Present and Future (with Ian Rae), Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Management: the Basics, Routledge, 2004.

The Road to Crécy: The English Invasion of France, 1346 (with Marilyn Livingstone), Longman, 2004.

Managing in Virtual Organisations (with Malcolm Warner), Thomson Learning, 2003.

Fifty Key Figures in Management, Routledge, 2003.

(edited) The Corporate Governance Debate, 1878-1914, Thoemmes Press, 2003.

(edited) The Emergence of Business Ethics, Thoemmes Press, 2002.

(edited) The Development of Modern Advertising, Thoemmes Press, 2002.

(edited) Biographical Dictionary of Management, Thoemmes Press, 2001. Major reference work covering over 600 key figures in the development of modern management.

Builders and Dreamers: The Making and Meaning of Management, FT-Prentice Hall, 2001.

(edited) Organization Behaviour, Thoemmes Press, 2001.

(edited) Financial Management, Thoemmes Press, 2001.

How to Get an MBA, Routledge, 2000.

(edited) Human Resource Management, Thoemmes Press, 2000.

(edited) Key Texts in Marketing, Thoemmes Press, 2000.

Dictionary of Business and Management, Thomson, 1998.

Leigh in the War 1939-45, Leigh and District Historical Society, 1994.


Article series and supplements

'Gurumantra', a series of articles for The Smart Manager (Bombay), published from 2002 to the present.

European Business Forum, 'History Lesson', quarterly article on business history themes, 2002-2008.

'The Corporate Life Cycle', daily feature in the Financial Times which appeared throughout August 2004.

'Management Gurus', daily feature in the Financial Times which appeared throughout August 2003.

'Management A-Z', daily feature in the Financial Times through August 2002.

Financial Times Mastering Management Review, bimonthly column on business history themes, 1998-9.
Individual articles and cases
This list only includes major papers and chapters, and does not include individual newspaper articles, short biographical essays, reviews and the like.

'The Economics of Corporate Governance', Pioneers of Financial Economics vol. 2, ed. Geoff Poitras, Macmillan, 2007.

'The Leaders and the Led: Dyadic Concepts of Leadership', paper for the Symposium in Honor of John Adair, August 2006.

'The Organic Organization: Harrington Emerson's Philosophy of Efficiency', conference paper to Academy of International Business, De Montfort University, April 2003.

'From Main Street to Wall Street: Does the Separation of Ownership and Control Really Work?', Corporate Finance Review, November-December 2001.

'Corporate Finance and the Virtual Organization', with M. Warner, Corporate Finance Review, January 2000.

'The Virtual General Manager', with M. Warner, Journal of General Management June 1999.

'The Virtual General Manager', with M. Warner, Judge Institute of Management Studies (Cambridge University) working paper, 1999.

'Knowledge Working', 'Knowledge, Concept of' and 'Knowledge Corporation', in M. Zeleny (ed.), Handbook of IT/S Management, International Thomson Business Press, 1999.

'Banking and Finance in Developing Countries', in M. Warner (ed.) Management in Developing Countries, International Thomson Business Press, 1999.

'Guanxi and Relationship Management: A Comparison', paper presented at the Association For International Business Conference, Nanning, China, 1998.

'Guanxi East and West', Mastering Management Review, December 1998

'Futures Studies and Co-Evolutionary Futures' (with A. Jenkins), in Z. Sardar, Rescuing All Our Futures, Praeger, 1998.

'General Management Revisited' (with M. Warner) in Journal of General Management, Spring 1998.

'Peter Senge', 'Charles Handy' and 'Luther Gulick', in M. Warner (ed.) Handbook of Management Thinking, ITBP, 1998.

'General Management: Back to The Future?' (with M. Warner), Human Systems Management, Autumn 1997.

'In Search of Excellence', with J. Agar, Durham University Business School and DTI (1994).

'Thomas Coutts and the Rise of Modern Banking', The Strand, December 1991.

'The Universities Funding Council competitive bid system: market failure or marketplace failure?', Public Money and Management, Spring (1991). 

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Another one bites the dust - reflecting on my new book on management failures