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Managing in the Modern Corporation

The Intensification of Managerial Work in the USA, UK and Japan

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Managing in the Modern Corporation by John Hassard

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In recent years, widespread organisational change in large corporations has almost invariably led to work intensification and increased stress for managers. Managing in the Modern Corporation explains how and why large companies have changed their organisational structures and philosophies, focusing in particular on how these changes affect the careers of middle managers. Based on in-depth interviews with over two hundred middle and senior managers working in large corporations in the USA, UK and Japan, it shows how the working lives of managers have been subjected to major disruption, involving work intensification and reduced opportunities for career progression. Furthermore, it argues that such widespread overwork and poor treatment of highly skilled and highly motivated staff has created a major international problem that must be addressed. The book presents a range of solutions to this important problem, suggesting that there are possibilities for saner, less brutal organisational environments.

Author Biography

John Hassard is Professor of Organisational Analysis at Manchester Business School, Manchester University, and Fellow in Management Learning at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Professor Hassard has published 13 books, over 100 research articles and received a large number of awards from UK research councils. He is currently a council member of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies. Leo McCann is Lecturer in International and Comparative Management at Manchester Business School, Manchester University. He has conducted qualitative research in many large firms across several countries, from transitional to highly developed economies. He has published a number of articles on the subject of white-collar work in journals such as Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Studies. Jonathan Morris is Professor in Organisational Analysis and Head of the Human Resource Management Section at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. He has written a number of books on human resource management and employment studies and regularly publishes in journals such as Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Public Administration, and Human Relations.
Release date NZ
October 22nd, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Cambridge University Press
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