Western Europe: The Old Breed

As U.S. industry gets into the Common Market, American executives are being thrown into increasingly intimate contact with Europe's managerial class—and are finding it a different breed. European industry, reports University of Wisconsin Professor David Granick. is run by a species of businessman almost extinct in the U.S.—men bound by strict traditions of social class, aloof toward subordinates, and profoundly skeptical of the U.S. notion that corporate management is a separate branch of knowledge that can be learned in business school.

In most of Europe, reports Granick in his new book. The...

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