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Management by Freek

Posted by: Jena McGregor on August 8, 2008


I’m always on the lookout for good management blogs to read, but they’re a fairly rare breed, especially ones written by business school profs. For example, I’m a big fan of Harvard Business School professor Rakesh Khurana, the author of Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs, but his blog hasn’t seen an entry since December.

Then this week, I received London Business School’s management journal, Business Strategy Review, in the mail. On page 54 is a huge glossy picture of a guy who looks more like a Thomas Pink model than a management professor. What follows is five entire pages of edited postings from the blog of Freek Vermeulen, a management professor at, of course, LBS. A reference to a link might have been a better use of print pages, I thought, given that the blog is online for everyone to read.

Still, I decided to take a look, and Vermeulen’s blog seems compelling for those who want to keep up with recent management research and ideas. He writes about narcissistic CEOs, whether shareholders really are owners of a company, how bad business practices survive, and women leaders, among other topics. For anyone looking for good online management material, Vermeulen’s blog is worth a read.



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