Opening Pandora’s box: the unintended consequences of Stephen Covey’s effectiveness movement

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Publication date: 18 October 2011

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(2011), "Opening Pandora’s box: the unintended consequences of Stephen Covey’s effectiveness movement", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 19 No. 7. https://doi.org/10.1108/hrmid.2011.04419gaa.007

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Opening Pandora’s box: the unintended consequences of Stephen Covey’s effectiveness movement

Article Type: Abstracts From: Human Resource Management International Digest, Volume 19, Issue 7

McCabe D. Management Learning (UK) , April 2011, Vol. 42 No. 2, Start page: 183, No. of pages: 15

A number of critics have analysed management guru “texts” and their analysis suggests that we have much to fear from them. This article, by contrast, explores a customer service intervention in a UK bank that drew on “some” of the ideas of the management guru, Stephen Covey. The article highlights that guru texts do not translate from the page to practice in an unproblematic way. This is because they must be interpreted and are filtered through existing social contexts. Second, the ideas are often flawed and third, they meet with resistance. The central argument is that management gurus are less powerful than many critics assume because neither gurus nor managers are able to control how their ideas are consumed. ISSN: 1350-5076 Reference: 40AL104

Keywords: Change, Consumption, Gurus, Power, Resistance, Subjectivity