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The Headhunters, The

Provocative Look at the Corporate Search Business

By (author) John A. Byrne
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 6th Sep 1987
Dimensions: w 150mm h 230mm
Weight: 600g
ISBN-10: 1850912971
ISBN-13: 9781850912972
Barcode No: 9781850912972

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A comprehensive look at the relatively small group of professional recruiters responsible, in large part, for filling some of America's top executive posts. The author, management editor at Business Week, has spent close to a decade studying the movements of senior executives as they migrate through the lofty environs of corporate management. More importantly, he has gained an understanding of the mechanics behind many of these moves. Byrne offers profiles of these "headhunters" - both the firms, and the individuals responsible for the industry's growth of late - in this glamorous documentary tribute to the business of selling stars. Portrayed as demigods who know far less about management than they think they do, headhunters tend to be business people who have failed to achieve success at something else. Not geniuses but hard-working deal makers, they have significantly capitalized on the failure of many corporations to develop qualified leadership talent internally. Unfortunately, The Headhunters is so detail-bound that reading it is more a chore than an adventure. Byrne provides few interesting highlights of a business with so few participants that one is forced to wonder who might actually benefit from such an exhaustive study. Interesting reading for those in the business - and then only for its wealth of name-dropping. Others would do better to read elsewhere. (Kirkus Reviews)