Book News: November 30th, 2010

By Stephen Denning.

Organizations today face a crisis. The crisis is of long standing and its signs are widespread. Most proposals for improving management address one element of the crisis at the expense of the others. This is particularly so in the light of deficit reduction measures.

The principles described by Stephen Denning simultaneously inspire high productivity, continuous innovation and deep job satisfaction. Denning puts forward a fundamentally different approach to management, with seven inter-locking principles of continuous innovation focusing the entire organization and working in self-organizing teams. It also involves nurturing continuous self-improvement and communicating interactively. In sum, the principles comprise a new mental model of management.

The author outlines the basic seven principles of continuous innovation and the book describes more than seventy supporting practices. He offers a rethinking of management from first principles.

Published by Jossey-Bass ISBN: 978-0-470-54868-4. £19.99