Poem By Subroto Chatterjee
When ideas make a rumble in the jungle,
Wounded icons take a tumble.
Then strategies work full throttle:
Making merry with old wine in new bottles!
Cases carefully and seamlessly constructed;
Common sense integrated and deconstructed;
Wisdom posted at inquiry’s door:
Can students and teachers ask for more?
Goals that fix a moving target,
Goals that cover a mixed-bag market;
Goals that imbibe learning and placements;
Goals that don’t forgive displacements.
While Fayol managed to discipline-
What Taylor nudged later to begin-
Drucker founded the modern brand;
Management seemed in safe hands.
The Gilbreths and Follet streamlined too;
And Bernard was one of the few-
With Prahalad and Handy to canter
In together with Porter and Kanter.
Hammer and Champy, Peter and Waterman:
Offered balms to corporations and also-rans.
And as practices branched in numerous lands,
The jungle predators bared their fangs.
Corporate battles won by joint ventures;
These are management’s new adventures.
Whether hunting for bulls or courting the bears,
Wisdom and folly come down in pairs.
Pathfnders of old and inventors of new,
Have a job to cut and hew;
To sharpen the brain and soften the heart,
It is not for nothing that management’s an art!
Copyright © SC
21st December 2006