The book offered to our readers tries a unique approach to the organization's management issues, in the sense that the 360 questions receive answers, and these are commented, so that the understanding of the answers is facilitated. We stopped at 360 questions to "catch" the most significant aspects that management theory and practice entail and, in this way, to provide an overview of this area of utmost importance for each of us.
We are in a situation where, seeing what is happening in Romanian society and economy, we refer to Peter Drucker, one of the most famous management specialists in the world, who states that "there are no rich and poor countries, but well-run countries and badly conducted ”. Despite the pace of economic growth above the European average, there are huge gaps in many respects: we do not have the desired road and rail infrastructure, we do not have enough properly equipped hospitals, the quality of education is questioned, specialists migrate to other countries and the economy Romania is facing an acute personnel crisis, the services provided to the population are not of the best quality, we do not know how to properly capitalize on what we produce and so on All these are, directly or indirectly, related to the quality and efficiency of management. We need more than ever a professional management, exercised by managers also professional, at all organizational levels of the company.
Our paper refers to the organization, but many of the aspects approached in response to the questions raised are also valid in the macrosystem of which it is part.
I designed the paper in the form of questions. The list is not exhaustive. It couldn't be. In our opinion, the 360 questions are representative of management. We also offer them annotated answers, which refer both to the author's conception in this field, and to the opinions, most of the times, quite recent, of the notorious specialists, from Romania and from other countries.
The six parts of our paper include already established, traditional aspects of management, as theory and practice, but also elements of novelty, such as those related to some managerial innovations that hold the headline in many countries with advanced economics: organization and management based on knowledge, holacracy, free enterprise, digital enterprise, its rendanheyi system These are just some of the responses of managerial practice to the challenges of the period we are going through, characterized by a much faster dynamics of changes in the environment of the organization, nationally and internationally, compared to the changes that occur within it.
The classic, traditional management systems, with rigid, multi-storey organizational structures, deeply bureaucratic in the unfavorable sense of the term, are, in the opinion of an increasing number of specialists, outdated, ankylosed. Solutions are being sought, and the last 2-3 decades have "come" with some truly revolutionary proposals that will probably solve the lags from a managerial point of view.
The book is based, in proportion of over 50%, aspects presented a year ago in the work "How do we drive? Between amateurism and professionalism ", published in the University publishing house. To these, of course, we have added many other elements of novelty because management is one of the areas in which "novelty" has become a defining feature. What we have changed is the way of presenting these aspects, in the form of questions, answers and comments to the answers offered to readers. We considered that this way of presenting the current content of the organization's management is much more exciting, more interesting for the potential reader, be it a student, management specialist or manager, regardless of the position in the organization.
The author is aware that the appetite for specialized reading is reduced and limited to a small audience, that the market is invaded by hundreds or thousands of works in this field that create confusion even among connoisseurs. However, we believe that the concerns of management specialists should not stop here but, on the contrary, should be continued, including through the publication of books, articles, reviews, etc.
The book we offer for reading is such an approach. But few know that writing a specialty book means creativity and innovation, but also special efforts, a continuous search through what others have written. This requires support from those close to you, the family in the first place. Personally, I benefited from this support, from the love and patience of my wife who understood this hobby.
Also, to the staff of the University Publishing House, personally to the Director, Dr. Vasile Muscalu, who leaned carefully on the work and ensured its appearance in an attractive graphic form.
Bucharest, May 2019