Free to Obey: How the Nazis Invented Modern Management (Paperback)

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By Johann Chapoutot, Steven Rendall (Translator)
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Managing by delegation? Performance rewards? Extracurricular activities to promote employee satisfaction? Encouraging managers self development? These aren't ideas pioneered by the Harvard Business School, no, these are bedrock ideas of the Nazi Party that were synthesized by Reinhard Hohn, former general and SS Intelligence officer, and taught for years at the business school he founded after the war. In this slim volume, one of the first in Compass, a new nonfiction series by Europa, a leading French historian lays out the whole horrifying/fascinating evolution.

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What if the rules of modern capitalism were written during the Third Reich?

Reinhard H hn (1904-2000) was a commander of the SS, one of Nazi Germany's most brilliant legal minds, and an archetype of the fervid technocrats and intellectuals that built the Third Reich. Following Germany's defeat, after a few years in hiding, he emerged in the early 1950s as the founder and director of a renowned management school in Lower Saxony.

H hn's story wouldn't be very different from that of many other prominent Nazis if not for the fact that a vast number of Germany's postwar business leaders--more than 600,000 executives--were educated at his management school.

In this fascinating book, Johann Chapoutot, one of France's most brilliant historians, traces the profound links between Nazism and the principles of modern corporate management, our definitions of success, and a concept of personal freedom that masks rigid hierarchical structures of power and control.

"One of the most gifted European historians of his generation."--Timothy Snyder, New York Times best-selling author of On Tyranny

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609458041
ISBN-10: 1609458044
Publisher: Europa Compass
Publication Date: April 18th, 2023
Pages: 144
Language: English