Beyond Certainty: The Changing Worlds of Organization

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From the bestselling author of The Age of Unreason and The Age of Paradox comes an exhilarating collection of 35 timeless essays, including Handy's change-making articles from the Harvard Business Review and Director magazine. One of the foremost social philosophers of our times shares his reflections on a changing world, a world in which we can be certain only of uncertainty. To plan for the future in such an environment, says Charles Handy, we must learn to think differently. Beyond Certainty is a book to dip ...
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Overview

From the bestselling author of The Age of Unreason and The Age of Paradox comes an exhilarating collection of 35 timeless essays, including Handy's change-making articles from the Harvard Business Review and Director magazine. One of the foremost social philosophers of our times shares his reflections on a changing world, a world in which we can be certain only of uncertainty. To plan for the future in such an environment, says Charles Handy, we must learn to think differently. Beyond Certainty is a book to dip into, enjoy, and share with colleagues and friends. Also available in hardcover.

In this challenging and exhilirating collection of 35 recent essays, the bestselling author and social philosopher shares his reflections on a changing world. Including Handy's change-making articles and essays, Beyond Certainty contains the seeds of the author's thinking in his widely acclaimed books The Age of Unreason and The Agfe of Paradox.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In this collection of essays, the British management consultant, social philosopher, and author of The Age of Unreason (LJ 11/15/90), The Age of Paradox (McGraw-Hill, 1994), and Gods of Management (Oxford Univ., 1995) brings together 35 short pieces that reflect his musings on the changing and uncertain world of the future. Handy, who is one of the most graceful and articulate writers on the business scene, discusses some of his favorite themes. These include his belief that federalism will be the organizational structure of the future and that individuals will ultimately have a portfolio of jobs rather than a single career or profession, and the importance of allowing greater freedom for the individual employee. This work is an excellent introduction to this important business and social commentator and is highly recommended for all major collections.-Robert L. Logsdon, Indiana State Univ. Lib., Indianapolis
Booknews
Author and social philosopher Charles B. Handy presents 35 recently-published essays advocating compromise as the path to progress and urging organizations to give more freedom to individual employees in order to maintain a balance between commitment and creativity. First published in Great Britain by Hitchinson, Random House Ltd., 1995. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875847634
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.03 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Beyond Certainty: A Personal Odyssey 13
2 The Coming Work Culture 23
3 Balancing Corporate Power: A New Federalist Paper 33
4 What Is a Company For? 57
5 Are Jobs for Life Killing Enterprise? 87
6 Why There's Life After Work 93
7 Teach Your Children Well 97
8 What They Don't Teach You at Business School 101
9 A Company Possessed? 105
10 Are We All Federalists Now? 109
11 Are There Bugs in Our Offices? 113
12 In Search of an Ideal World... 117
13 The Parable of a Fallen City 121
14 Should We Be Paying Higher Taxes? 125
15 The Great Rowing Eight of Life 129
16 Is There Time to Raise Our Standards? 133
17 When Arithmetic Doesn't Count 137
18 Be Good, Get Rich, but Stay Small 141
19 Japan's Women-Oriented Workplace 145
20 Work Is Where I Have My Meetings 149
21 How to Learn from the "Real Thing" 153
22 Ancient Greeks or Modern Britons? 157
23 The Birth of the Conceptual College 161
24 The Challenge of a Second Lifetime 165
25 Flexing, Chunking, and Changing 169
26 Paying Our Last Respects to Honor 175
27 Can the Dream Become a Nightmare? 179
28 When Companies Are Condominiums 183
29 Make Your Business a Monastery 187
30 What It Takes to Make a Manager 191
31 The New Age of Positive Power 195
32 All Change in the World of Work 199
33 The Gun Laws of Galapagos 203
34 Living Fast, Dying Rich 207
35 How Do You Manage When You Can't See the People? 211
Index 215
About the Author 221
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