This is the book which management students have been waiting for. Written in an accessible style, it enters into lively discussion of classical and contemporary ideas about organizations and their management. It shows that getting to grips with these ideas means asking fundamental questions about what it means to be human and about the nature of modern society. This book is for you if: you get impatient with heavy, conventional and lengthy textbooks; you are fed up with the trite simplicities of the management gurus; you are dismayed by dry, worthy, alternative views; you want to show your lecturer you have done some extra reading It is an antidote to the boring textbook and it is compatible with any degree course on management and organizations. It will challenge your thinking and it will help you get a good mark in your exam. And it's cheap. Should you buy it? It's a no-brainer.
Table of Contents
Should You Buy this Book? Introduction Why Studying Organizations Matters to Me PART ONE: STUDYING ORGANIZATIONS - CLASSICAL APPROACHES Bureaucracy and Scientific Management Human Relations Theory and People Management PART TWO: STUDYING ORGANIZATIONS - CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES Organizational Culture and Self-Management Post-Bureaucracy and Change Management PART THREE: ORGANIZING STUDIES Business Schools and Professional Management Conclusion Why Should Studying Organizations Matter to You?