Entrepreneurship and Ethics in Ancient Rome – The Management Lessons of Pliny the Younger


enterpreneurship-and-ethicsBook Title:  Entrepreneurship and Ethics in Ancient Rome – The Management Lessons of Pliny the Younger

Author:  Robert C. Lerner

Publisher:  Multi-Media Publications

Format:  Soft cover; 222 pages

Publication Date:   2013     Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-55489-131-3

Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Review Date:              March 2013

Introduction to the Book

This book is intended for business and IT professionals who are looking for inspiration and guidance from historical case studies.  Letters written by a successful grape producer during ancient Rome are reviewed by the author to demonstrate sound business practices.  These serve as useful lessons learned on how to manage complex business issues which are very applicable in current times.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book contains 7 chapters:

  1. Introduction
  2. Pliny’s Epistle 8.2
  3. Pliny’s Business Problem
  4. Pliny’s Constraints
  5. Pliny’s Solutions
  6. Pliny’s Outcomes
  7. Pliny’s Lessons

Appendix A-H

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

  • Historical examples of ethics, relationship management and best practices
  • Application of complex business practices which pass the test of time
  • The anecdotal approach of sharing business lessons was inspiring


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About the Reviewer

flag-usaNazanin-MehroozNazanin Mehrooz, PMP 

Nazanin Mehrooz was born in Iran and migrated to the USA where she studied software engineering and worked in both defense and telecom industries.  For the past decade, her focus has been IT Application Support, Operations and Service Delivery Management.  Nazanin is an active volunteer for the Dallas and Ft Worth PMI chapters.  She can be contacted at [email protected]

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