- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 21, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195096177
- ISBN-13: 978-0195096170
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 5.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,827,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gods of Management: The Changing Work of Organizations
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Because British management guru Handy's works, such as The Age of Unreason (1990) and The Age of Paradox (1994), are becoming more frequently requested here in the U.S., Oxford University Press has decided to release a first American edition of a book Handy wrote in 1978, which has already been translated into many languages and updated and revised twice. Handy offers a unique approach to understanding different management styles. Starting with management theorist Roger Harrison's four types of organizations, Handy identifies four Greek gods (Apollo, Zeus, Athena, and Dionysus) that typify the organizational cultures of the four. He then matches godly attributes to each, in the hope that his analogy will spark insight and serve as a diagnostic tool for resolving conflicts that result from clashing styles. Handy says this is the book of which he is most proud, and that affirmation should arouse curiosity. David Rouse --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A prescient caveat, written some fifteen years before 'change engineers' said that sticking to an organization chart can do more harm than good."--Business Week
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The insights into the Dionysus role that I got from the book are extremely valuable. I've been fortunate enough to work with five genuine Dionysus technologists in my career. I cherish them. They can provide so much brilliant insight and can really save the whole project with their impressive skills. This book explains why it is futile to make them "fit in" and how to leverage what they can do in the best way.
Each type of organisation is characterised by one of the Greek gods, its a useful analogy and he is quite playful with the portrayal of each god type.
Identifying the 'god' type operating within your organisation, then understanding its character allows any manager to position their work in way that would be understood and accepted by the hierarchy. It also helps a manager steer clear of incurring their wrath.
I recommend this book as a great primer for anyone learning about organisational dynamics for the first time.
It was simply a joy to read and very useful, Excellent.
After some time to roll it over, I see that this book's ideas--though resting on a creative, relevant, and sound basis--are quite fluffy and weak compared to what is possible. Especially in light of books such as "Personality and Organization" by Chris Agryis and "Love and Will" by Rollo May.
A must for those managers who still consider the mythos is just a cultural hobbie.
And I hope Mr. Harding you surprise with another book related with similar items.