The Sunday Times Book of the Week
"highly entertaining . . . wonderfully daft . . . hilariously sophisticated stuff" - DJ Taylor, "Zen and the Ancient Art of Making Yen"
|OVERVIEW: How to manage organisations, motivate people and make a quick buck: the eternal Z/Yen questions. As with many ancient questions, the answers have been locked away in obscure Eastern texts that have only recently re-emerged. At last, these excerpts from The Z/Yen Papers, modernised and re-published as Clean Business Cuisine, reveal to our age the one true path(s) to enlightenment. Today, with the benefit of these teachings, businesses everywhere will thrive and the course of history will be irrevocably improved.||DESCRIPTION: Clean Business Cuisine: Now and Z/Yen is a novel modelled as a rediscovered ancient business text. It comprises a series of stories (or case studies) set around the workings of an ancient laundry and restaurant and its legendary proprietor, Chao Kli Ning. Each story is based on a simple duality, centralisation versus decentralisation, managing people or managing results, technology is wonderful or technology is useless. Clean Business Cuisine is firmly grounded in management theory and practice, served up in a wry, light hearted manner for the general reader to enjoy.|
Clean Business Cuisine is a uniquely enjoyable yet informative read, perfect for managers, students and anyone interested in enlightenment. The design of this book is stunning – a great gift.
|ISBN:||1 84059 227 3|
|Format:||Firm-cover paperback with illustrations|
|Size:||198 x 210 mm, 160 pages|
|Publication:||1 July 2000|
|4 to 24 copies £9.50 each|
|25 to 100 copies £7.50 each|
|over 100 copies negotiable|
|Subjects:||Management / Fiction|
|Ordering:||faxback (order form)|
|tel: +44 (0) 20 7562-9562|
Michael Mainelli and Ian Harris are founders/directors of the risk/reward management firm Z/Yen and the modern scions of Chao Kli Ning’s dynasty. Before reaching total Z/Yen enlightenment, Michael and Ian’s monastic duties included service as management consultants and corporate strategists, advising businesses and organisations on the one true path(s), as well as writing and contribution to numerous business publications.
Prologue – Z/Yen Things You Always Wanted to Know About Business; Chapter One: Centralisation/Decentralisation – Confederal Unity; Chapter Two: Technology – Gizmo’s Big Adventure; Chapter Three: Human Resources – People Are for Turning; Chapter Four: Continuous Improvement – Quality is Free; Chapter Five: Management Information – The Question of Hu; Chapter Six: Leveraged Growth – Brothers in Alms; Chapter Seven: Strategy – The Greeks Have a General Word for It; Chapter Eight: Commercial Ethics – Kli Ning’s Principle Problem; Chapter Nine: Sales and Marketing – Saving Faith; Chapter Ten: Risk/Reward – Fat Chance’s Risky Business; Epilogue – See You, Z/Yen.