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  1. Bob Hangsterfer

    August 20, 2012

    Hi Guys,
    I’m a fan, love your work. I’ve got a couple ideas on future book topics.

    1) The Management Myth: Stewart, Matthew. A PhD in philosophy analyzes business theories using the ideas of dead philosophers (mostly Popper, Descartes, Plato, Heidegger). Armed with his philosophy PhD, he compares his knowledge and problem solving approach with the Harvard MBA’s he works with.
    I decided to check out the management literature. Partly, I wanted to “process” my own experience and find out what I had missed in skipping business school. Partly, I had a lot of time on my hands. As I plowed through tomes on competitive strategy, business process re-engineering, and the like, not once did I catch myself thinking, Damn! If only I had known this sooner! Instead, I found myself thinking things I never thought I’d think, like, I’d rather be reading Heidegger! It was a disturbing experience. It thickened the mystery around the question that had nagged me from the start of my business career: Why does management education exist?

    1) About Behaviorism: BF Skinner. In his intro, Skinner claims that behaviorism is not a science, it’s a philosophy. Maybe you can explore his ideas, and see if you agree with his opinion.
    I read #1 and liked it, especially his analysis of Tom Peters-speak. I’ve started reading #2.

    Skinner at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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