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Corporate Blunders Corporate Blunders
Read how pinstripe pinheads lost millions...

Author: John Shaw

Paperback • A5 • 172pp • £12.99 • 1-85252-249-6 • 21 May 1998

Read how pinstripe pinheads lost millions, and learn from their mistakes... Corporate Blunders is a study of management mistakes at the highest levels. Many of these mistakes are made by overpaid senior executives whose remuneration continues ever upwards as their companies' fortunes head south. Amongst the blunderers featured are: Midland Bank • Lloyds of London • EuroDisney • Amstrad • Robert Maxwell • Gerald Ronson • Polly Peck • the Burton Group – and many more besides. The author analyses the histories and draws some remarkable and disturbing conclusions.


Price:   £12.99

Corporate Cons Corporate Cons
An unvarnished exposé of how the British consumer is being ripped offAuthor: John Shaw

Paperback • A5 • 172pp • £12.99 • 1-85252-304-2 • 1999

Why do vehicles made in the UK cost up to 40% less in Europe? Why are the low prices paid to farmers by the supermarket groups not being passed on to the consumer? Why are there so few truly cheap seats available on the budget airlines?... The list is endless. John Shaw, author of Corporate Blunders (also available from Management Books 2000) delves beneath the surface.


Price:   £12.99

Corporate Horror Stories Corporate Horror Stories
How some of Britain’s top managers are messing it up

Author: John Shaw

Paperback • 210 x 148mm • 172pp • £12.99 • 1-85252-350-6 • 2000

Sequel to the bestselling CORPORATE BLUNDERS and CORPORATE CONS this is John Shaw’s latest exposé of mismanagement and malpractice in the higher echelons of British industry.
Examples include:
• How Bob Ayling devalued the world's most powerful airline brand - British Airways starting with the tailfin fiasco (£60 million wasted), moving on through falling levels of customer service, low staff morale and a policy of targeting only first class passengers.
• How Barclays Bank lost customers, consumer confidence but secured a potential pay packet of £30 million for its chief executive. How dramatic cost cutting through staff redundancies and branch closures made the Bank a hate target in rural England.
• How Marks and Spencer's lost their way, their credence and their profitability. Why it may never regain its former glory. And why the board is still largely intact and still earning huge salaries and benefits?
.... and many more!


Price:   £12.99

Mad, Sad and Bad Management Mad, Sad and Bad Management
Author: Adrian Furnham

Paperback • A5 • 200pp • £14.99 • 1-85252-415-4 • 2003

This entertaining and instructive book contains some five dozen analyses on aspects of modern business and management. It book starts with an aperitif and ends with a substantial digestif. The theme is incompetence rather than competence, stupidity rather than wisdom and insanity rather than sanity.
Overall, Adrian Furnham takes an enthusiastic, more than a cynical, look at management practices, managers and management science. His inspiration started with the serious literature on management, which he finds somewhat dull - who can argue? - moved onto the guru-inspired, magic-formula texts and was finally spiced up by real-life accounts of failures and cock-ups to be found in the popular press and in his own consultancy.
This is a book to be dipped into, taking the humour and the messages with equal relish.


Price:   £14.99

Stupid Factor Stupid Factor
Why Start-ups Fail

Author: Peter Jump

Paperback • A5 • 180pp • £14.99 • ISBN 1-85252-521-5 • 2006

It is a fact that 20 percent of new business ventures fail in their first year, and 50 percent in the first three years. The author’s contention, based on years of experience working with new businesses, is that in most cases this is NOT because of any fundamental flaw in the idea behind the business. Too often, it is because the people running them do stupid things, like ignoring the basic principles of good business practice - and pay the price with bankruptcy.

The book combines straight talking with wry humour, and offers insight and advice from venture capitalists and others on how to avoid the stupid mistakes that destroy companies, often before they have even got off the ground.


Price:   £16.99

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