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The Quest for Professionalism: The Case of Management and Entrepreneurship

Georges Romme


Early pioneers in management thinking, such as Henri Fayol and Peter Drucker, conceived of management as a professional activity that serves the greater good. Today, however, many organizations are managed by people demonstrating anything but professionalism, resulting in mismanagement of risks as well as a one-dimensional focus on short-term results. The key thesis of this book is that the quest for professionalism must be revitalized, because the societal costs and damage caused by managerial amateurism are huge. In many ways, this quest is a grand societal challenge, on a par with, for exam ... More

Keywords: management, entrepreneurship, professionalism, professionalization, distributed management, management education, power, leadership, business schools, circular organizing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198737735
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737735.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georges Romme, author
Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Eindhoven University of Technology