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Managing and Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0761943891
ISBN-10: 0761943897
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"'Clegg, Kornberger and Pitsis have significantly raised the bar for designing introductory management textbooks from the learner's perspective. These are clearly passionate teachers who wish to help students flourish in organizational surroundings and master the craft of management. For students beginning the management career trek, I'm confident that this book will become a trusted, well-worn text' - David A Whetten, Brigham Young University 'The real genius of Managing and Organizations is that it is thorough without being burdensome, inclusive without being marginal, scholarly without being heavy-handed, and relevant without being trite. And to top it all off, it's eminently readable. This is a rare feat indeedl I intend on adopting this book for my courses and recommending it to my colleagues. Managing and Organizations is an important book that, in my judgment, is an exemplar of integrative thinking that should be required reading for all students of management, whether they pursue scholarship, pedagogy, or practice' - James Bailey, George Washington University & London Business School"

About the Author

Stewart Clegg is a prolific publisher of several hundred articles in leading academic journals in strategy, social science, management and organization theory; is also the author and editor of about fifty books, as well as a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the recipient of significant awards from the American Academy of Management for his contributions to management theory and practice.

Martin Kornberger received his PhD form the University of Vienna in 2002. Currently he works as full time Visiting Professor at the Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School. Trained as philosopher, he researches and teaches about practices of organizing, strategizing, accounting, and marketing, and explores how they shape, and are shaped by, the economy and society at large.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1st edition (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761943897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761943891
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So as to respond to the exigencies of globalization, the world of managing, managers and management has substantially changed in the last two decades or so. While some say that management discourse is to be viewed from the post-modernist perspective; others argue that we are reverting back to basics of management. Market, competition, competencies, capacity building, culture, diversity, empowerment, teams, lean organizations are some of the buzz words in general management literature today. Managers' commitment in the new era is being tested not on the touchstone of loyalty to the owner or the organization, but on performance and sensitivity to the needs of the organization and other stakeholders. In the era of globalization, the general topics in the discipline of management are also changing. But not all general management textbooks have shifted their focus adequately from traditional functions to the contemporary ones. The book under review meets this demand of the subject quite well.
Some of the salient features of this interesting text are as follows: The coverage of topics is quite comprehensive and updated, including issues like organizational politics, cultures, knowledge and learning, innovation and change, managing strategy and managing globalization. Each chapter provides overview of theories involved in succinct and lucid manner including the contemporary developments in the subject concerned. The theories involved have been traced in terms of their historical development. Each chapter prescribes suggested additional readings, most of which are path-breaking works. A good bit of additional material is also available in the form of maps, images, charts, and boxes as tools for learning and examining the material. Above all, this text meets requirements of a well-written text.
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Leadership and planning is everything to businesses. Now in a newly updated and expanded second edition, "Managing & Organization: An Introduction to Theory and Practice" is a scholarly, educational text for business leaders looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of this core concept of business. The newly revised second edition carries six additional chapters on ethics, teamwork, and responsibility, as well as additional information in the older chapters. Enhanced with a companion website and teacher's manual, "Managing & Organization: An Introduction to Theory and Practice" is a must for any classroom teaching the subject, and for college library business collections.
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In the last 6 months or so I have discovered this text-book, and I have been completely amazed by it! This book has since been acting as my `go-to' guide, my conceptual map, my point of reference, and my starting point on an uncountable number of areas. It is of course understood the most text-books are incapable of providing depth of knowledge, particularly when considering the amount needed to satisfy Ph.D. criteria. However, this text is an exception. But the greatest remark I can make of it is that it is such fun to read. I have actually found myself immersed in topics that otherwise are of no concern to my current research.

I have been recommending this to other PhD/Doctorial candidates in my office, and all agree that this book acts as the perfect companion and `sounding-board' when delving into all areas of management literature. The particular strength here is in managing to intertwine the worlds of sociology, psychology, and philosophy with organisational dynamics, in such a way that it becomes logical and actually makes sense to the reader.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that this is a text-book for undergraduate students only; I would defy anyone not to find useful information and new ideas when going through this colourful and energetic offering. After 7 years of business school education, I am only frustrated that I have not discovered something along these lines earlier. I owe the authors a debt of gratitude.

James C, Edinburgh.
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This is a great book about management and organizations. In particular I liked the two final chapters very much. The second to last chapter deals with strategy, which is really the theme of the whole book. The final chapter is on globalization, described in a style that makes one think of general systems theory. It's a book with a good moral.
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