The book documents the path since the early 1990, when there were hastily implemented experiments
of the coupon privatization, "The only possible path", selling of national wealth "for cash", "Shock therapy",
investment funds, crony capitalism, ignoring dirty money "laundering", and the "Wild East" rules in general.
In these experiments, the politicians learned from their own; many even offered their failed "services"
over and again for vote, to be recruited again - virtually indefinitely. The damage inflicted on the quality of human
lives has been enormous, political misdeeds incalculable.
Milan Zeleny shows that none of this was necessary. Only looking around and learning from mistakes
of others is needed. The world and the book is full of such "examples".
A strategy is an action. A strategy is not about strategic documents, declarations, wall slogans and PowerPoint presentations at annual meetings of shareholders. A strategy is what you do, not what you say. There is no greater success than to live your life on your own and blaze your own path. There is only one story that belongs to us - ours. Once is enough. Only once through, only once must be suffiecient. You cannot wait for, waste, and thus lose ... your own path.
This book is a collection of many years of discussions and correspondence with our teacher, Milan Zeleny. "Milan always surprised us with something - with unexpected questions, another point of view of things that appeared clear to us first. But his questioning of many paradigms in management, his questions directed at the merit of thought always moved us forward. Gradually,
we realized that more important than right answers are the right questions; that more important
than what we know is what we do not know; that discussion makes sense only if we have a clearly
defined terms of discussion. Milan has always demanded a specific action from us, using what
we have learned. Traditional views of management would soon began to melt for us. We understood
that information does not mean knowledge and that strategy is not what we speak or write,
but what we actually do; we learned that an organizational structure is oxymoron; that communication
does not mean more exchange of information; that it is not necessary to fight against the crisis
but to embrace its cleansing and transformation functions." - Ján Košturiak
(Publisher: Computer Press 2011, ISBN: 978-80-251-1611-1)
From the New World of Business (Z nového světa podnikání)
Milan Zeleny has been living for more than forty years in the USA. During his life he travelled the whole world, lectured, wrote articles and books, and has entered several science disciplines, which he managed to integrate. Therefore he has the ability to look at the world around us from a different perspective and with ease. When he declares that "everything will be different," he has in mind the end of the distorted world of business, that the crisis revealed in its full nakedness. Often we use words, whose meaning is not precisely defined. We talk about quality, information, knowledge, communication with no definitions. We confuse communication with exchange of information, the teamwork with the work in groups, innovation with product development, lean management with cutting costs,
kaizen with improving designs, etc. Improving the process, instead of asking for its meaning,
we engage in projects without clear and measurable objectives.Current economic crisis
is not a traditional cyclical crisis, after which the world will return to its original state.
It is a transformation and metamorphosis, after which the world will be fundamentally different. How will it look? Its contours can already be discerned through the mists of unconscious inertia of today.
Milan is engaging in its deliberations. Read this book carefully and consider above pronouncements
in proper contexts. If we understand and respect the things around us, then we don't have to fight them.
They become part of our life, because everything taking place around us reveals its own patterns
and makes sense. From the Preface: the book book breathes wisdom, knowledge and personal
experience, offers the ability to see things that we have not seen before. Leads us to search for the right
questions, which is to explore the mysteries of the world, often more important than the "right" answers.
(Karmelitánské nakladatelství 2011, ISBN-12: 987-80-89231-83-6)
Reflections on the transformation of the world around us
(Úvahy o proměnách světa kolem nás)
Do not stop searching for your own path. Such search helps you create, organize, and to comprehend a new world. That is the only way an individual can learn from the thousands of seekers, and not, as is often forced, to learn from one individual and his "the only possible path". Each custom-made path enriches the world and each path already existing or copied, reduces our world. Search is the creation, but the copying will result in passivity, laziness and poverty. Sit down and brainstorm with us over what kind of world our kids will live, learn, and work in. What answers we have to prepare for the entirely
new kinds of problems emerging in front of us. The book is dedicated to all the children
who will look back on today's events and behavior with the words of wonder
and surprise: "It was a strange world indeed!"
Authors: Milan Zelený, Ján Košturiak
(Publisher: NLN 2012, ISBN 9788074221712)
Integrating Knowledge, Management and Systems
Milan Zeleny founded and manages over thirty-three years a successful global journal, Human Systems Management (HSM). The journal is published in English language by the international publishing IOS Press.
HSM is an international journal addressing the need to understand and shape the organizational and managerial impacts of high technology. The journal proceeds by seeking to promote an interface of two inseparable and complementary aspects of managing:
- 1. Management of human systems: the science and technology of management, striving for productivity, efficient performance and technical competence through effective organization. 2. Human management of systems: the art of management, linking humans into productive teams and catalyzing their creative potential through enterprise, leadership, innovation and participation.
- The gap between the new ideas employed by world-class international firms and what is being discussed in traditional business journals is often large. The latter often contain discussions which practice has already refuted. This is also reflected in inadequate programs in business schools. To reverse this trend, HSM attempts to provide the research, theory and education commensurate with the needs of today's world-class management. In other words, the journal aims to study methods which actually are bringing success in business.
Prof. M. Zeleny (Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York, USA)
Prof. Milan Zeleny is the Editor-in-chief of the journal of Entrepreneurial Knowledge. (IJEK) ISSN: 2336-2952
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Knowledge (IJEK) is a high quality research journal focused on the Entrepreneurial research, providing expert knowledge on all aspects of entrepreneurship and business issues, supported by basic and applied economic research and experience in local and worldwide context. Orientation on the global entrepreneurship brings together the leading practitioners and professionals in the field.
IJEK is an Open Access Journal, and does not charge readers or their institutions for access. The open access supports the rights of users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles. Papers submitted to IJEK should be original and innovative works, not previously published or under review in other journals.
The world is entering the Age of Entrepreneurship, based o mass grass-root entrepreneurship and innovation. IJEK is aspiring to be the active witness to the transition.