Rational Leadership: Developing Iconic Corporations

ISBN : 9780198825395

Paul Brooker; Margaret Hayward
272 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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Rational Leadership: Developing Iconic Corporations shows how a business version of rational leadership develops business corporations and inspires people with confidence. It presents classic case studies of leaders using these developing methods to establish or enhance an iconic corporations. Using the examples of General Motors, Toyota, McDonalds, Walmart, Intel, Armani, and eBay, it presents a 'leaders-eye view' through autobiographical writings corroborated and supplemented by biographical and historical sources.


1 Rational business leadership
2 GM: Sloan's My Years With General Motors
3 Toyota: Ohno's Toyota Production System
4 McDonald's: Kroc's Grinding It Out
5 Wal-Mart: Walton's Made in America
6 Intel: Grove's Only the Paranod Survive
7 eBay: Whitman's The Power of Many
8 GA: Armani's Giorgio Armani
9 Conclusion
Appendix: The Theory of Rational Leadership

About the author: 

Paul Brooker was born in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands in 1956 and was educated at Victoria University of Wellington and then Oxford University, where he gained an MPhil and DPhil. He then taught Political Science at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He semi-retired in 2008 but continued researching until fully retiring in 2012. Since then has continued to publish, including a chapter in the fourth edition of Comparative Politics (OUP, 2017) and a third edition of Non-Democratic Regimes (Palgrave, 2014). Other publications include Leadership in Democracy (Palgrave, 2005).; Margaret Hayward was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. She was a journalist before becoming Private Secretary to New Zealand Prime Minister Norman Kirk, whose biography Diary of the Kirk Years she authored in 1982. Following his death, she held managerial positions in the media, health, accountancy, and farm machinery sectors. She has also lectured in Business Communication at Wellington Polytechnic, and at the International Department, Victoria University Wellington. In retirement she has contributed to various academic journals, become an international rose judge and written several books about the genus rosa.

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