The Witch Doctors
IN THIS SUMMARY
According to the case against it, management theory has four obvious faults: (1) It is incapable of self-criticism; (2) Its terminology (jargon) acts to confuse rather than clarify; (3) It is rarely more than just plain common sense; and (4) It is faddish and fraught with contradictions that would not be allowed in more rigorous disciplines. Witch Doctors is an attempt to find the true value of management theory - its culture, ideas, and personalities - the good, the influential, the bad, and the irrelevant. Then, they skillfully catalogue, compare and contrast, and dissect the pros and cons of their find. The result is a clear, intelligent, and practical picture of the problems and promises of a critically important discipline. Management theory is equal parts wisdom and equal parts voodoo and managers must use their own judgments and some common sense to determine which is "witch."