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Do We Still Need Managers? An Interview with Peter Klein, PhD

In the past 10 years or so, much has been written about moving companies away from traditional hierarchies and toward a “flatter,” or even “bossless,” model.

Peter Klein, professor of entrepreneurship at Baylor University and coauthor of the new book Why Managers Matter: The Perils of the Bossless Company, sat down with Manager360 cofounder Joel Trammell to talk about this trend.

Does it work? The answer isn’t a clear yes or no, but you’ll learn why managers are still, in the vast majority of cases, required for a company to operate efficiently and effectively.


• The straw-man argument against traditional organizational structure

• What critics of rigid hierarchy get right

• Can getting rid of bosses turn a workplace into high school?

• How the remote-work revolution influenced the “flat” approach to management

• Does hierarchy stifle innovation, or encourage it?

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Alicia Thrasher

Alicia is cofounder and CEO of Manager360. Previously, she brought her leadership, vision, and strategic oversight to many executive positions, including leading programs for eBay/PayPal, Google, and Anheuser-Busch. She is the coauthor, with Joel Trammell, of The Manager's Playbook: Make Exceptional People Management Your Competitive Advantage.

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