Free to Obey: How the Nazis Invented Modern Management (Paperback)
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Free to Obey: How the Nazis Invented Modern Management (Paperback)

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Published: 27/04/2023
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What if the rules of modern management were written during the Third Reich?

SS Commander Reinhard Höhn was one of Nazi Germany’s most brilliant legal minds, an archetype of the fervid technocrats that built the Third Reich. Gone into hiding after 1945, he survived unscathed and re-emerged in the 1950s as the founder of a management school.

His story wouldn’t be too different from that of other prominent Nazis, if not for the fact that the great majority of Germany’s post-war business leaders were educated at his school. Is this a coincidence? Or is there a link between the forms of organization of Nazism and the principles of corporate management?

At the core of Höhn’s vision was the concept of freedom, as freedom to obey orders from above—to carry out one’s mission no matter the cost.

Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
ISBN: 9781787704459
Number of pages: 128
Dimensions: 180 x 120 mm


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"Chapoutot is one of the most gifted European historians of his generation." - Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny

"Johann Chapoutot is one of the great historians of Nazism. Time and again, his work has shown that the Third Reich was not an accidental aberration of history." - France Culture

"A fascinating essay about the second life of Reinhard Höhn—from one of the Third Reich’s most brilliant legal minds to the founder of Germany’s leading post-war business school." - Le Figaro Magazine

"A brilliant, stereotype defying study." - Les Temps

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