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The Functions of the Executive: 30th Anniversary Edition by Chester I. Barnard,Kenneth Richmond Andrews
ISBN: 0674328035
ISBN13: 978-0674328037
Author: Chester I. Barnard,Kenneth Richmond Andrews
Book title: The Functions of the Executive: 30th Anniversary Edition
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Pages: 334 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press; Anniversary edition (January 1, 1971)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1873 kb
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Category: Management & Leadership

Most of Barnard's career was spent in executive practice. A Mount Hermon and Harvard education, cut off short of the bachelor's degree, was followed by nearly forty years in the American Telephone & Telegraph Company. His career began in the Statistical Department, took him to technical expertness in the economics of rates and administrative experience in the management of commercial operations, and culminated in the presidency of the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. He was not directly involved in the Western Electric experiments conducted chiefly at the Hawthorne plant in Cicero, but his association with Elton Mayo and the latter's colleagues at the Harvard Business School had an important bearing on his most original ideas.

Barnard's executive experience at AT&T was paralleled and followed by a career in public service unusual in his own time and hardly routine today. He was at various times president of the United Services Organization (the USO of World War II), head of the General Education Board and later president of the Rockefeller Foundation (after Raymond Fosdick and before Dean Rusk), chairman of the National Science Foundation, an assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury, a consultant to the American representative in the United Nations Atomic Energy Committee, to name only some of his public interests. He was a director of a number of companies, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a lover of music and a founder of the Bach Society of New Jersey.

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Summary: an executive isn't the matter, he's the form. It doesn't matter if it's marketing, banking, a hockey team, etc. The danger is of course that the executive becomes so abstracted from the "heart" of the company that it's all about numbers, figures, and "expansion," rather than people.
Thank you!
This is a well thought out manual for executive development. Barnard was the Jack Welch of the 1920's and 30's. His insight into what it takes to manage a large organization was light years ahead of his time.

What I like about it is that it forces you to think, defend and reject ideas that you may have accepted because someone else said they were true. I disagreed with some of Barnard's ideas but on the whole found this to be worth the effort to decipher his thoughts.
I purchased this for a class in the PhD program at George Washington University. It was an interesting read and I still have it in my library.
Classic and timeless - all still relevant today. I would recommend this to anyone with Executive aspirations or who is already a CEO.
Road.to sliver
Excellent book; a classic. Excellent service.
The book is great, although some people would have trouble reading because of the wording. I bought it used and the conditions were a little worse than I expected.
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