Does Machiavelli’s The Prince Have Relevant Lessons for Modern High-Tech Managers and Leaders?
College of Business Administration
Management and Marketing
When we think of Machiavellian conduct in technology companies, we think of cut-throat, cunning, behaviour. Cut-throat competition in technological innovations can be the barrier to market entry (Lee, 2014). The lean philosophy is that managers and leaders are to strive for the efficient and effective use of resources in order to overcome this barrier and gain competitive advantage. In order for there to be cut throats, there have to be cut-throat technology innovation leaders and managers. What the lean philosophy lacks is guidance on how to achieve an efficient and effective use of resources in a cut-throat competitive environment. The challenges posed by that type of environment do not go away and cannot be swept under the rug. But can a 16th-century political treatise provide any guidance on today’s competitive environment? There are two camps among scholars regarding the relevancy of Niccolò Machiavelli’s book The Prince (Machiavelli, 1992) to modern day management and leadership.
Machiavelli, Machiavellian, Machiavellism, The Prince, management, leadership, ethics, business ethics, high tech, high tech CEOs, innovation, technology, corporate governance, technology innovation, technology management
Technology Innovation Management Review
Digital Commons Citation
Hamilton, Clovia. "QA Does Machiavelli’s The Prince Have Relevant Lessons for Modern High-Tech Managers and Leaders?." Technology Innovation Management Review 7 (8) (2017): 40-47.
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