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Overview

Consider the story of George Ohr. In the 1880s he immersed himself in pottery, learning as much as he could about the craft. His apprenticeship taught him how to use the natural resources around his hometown, and where to dig for clay from the nearby river banks. However when he opened his own studio and sat down at the potter's wheel, he questioned everything about what a pot should look like. His answers were at once creative and innovative. And his pots looked nothing like the current work at the time. By defying convention, he was sometimes scorned and his work often went unnoticed. But today George Ohr's pots are revered for their creativity, beauty, and inventiveness.

This book features George Ohr's pots to remind you that many students will learn the fundamentals of being a manager. Innovation, however, is the key to managing effectively. Gareth Jones and Jennifer George have written Contemporary Management to be a voice for this innovation. And in doing so, they will hopefully prepare you to be a better manager one day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780256213515
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 672

Meet the Author

Gareth Jones, Texas A & M University

Gareth Jones is a professor in the management department of the College of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Business and Texas A&M University. He is co-author on three other major textbooks, including one on organizational behavior (accolades he shares with CONTEMPORARY MANAGEMENT co-author and wife, Jennifer George), one on organizational theory, and a one on strategic management. Jones received his BA & PhD from University of Lancaster, UK. He has taught at University Warwick, Michigan State University, and University of Illinois/ Urbana-Champaign

Jennifer George is a well-published professor as is now the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management in the Jesse H. Jones Graduate

School of Business at Rice University. She is co-author of the aforementioned organizational behavior book. She received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MBA & PhD from New York University.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Management

Chapter 1: Managers and Managing

Chapter 2: The Evolution of Management Thought

Chapter 3: Values, Attitudes, Emotions, and Culture: The Manager as a Person

Part Two: The Environment of Management

Chapter 4: Ethics and Social Responsibility

Chapter 5: Managing Diverse Employees in a Multicultural Environment

Chapter 6: Managing in the Global Environment

Part Three: Decision Making, Planning, and Strategy

Chapter 7: Decision Making, Learning, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship

Chapter 8: The Manager as a Planner and Strategist

Chapter 9: Value Chain Management: Functional Strategies for Competitive Advantage

Part Four: Organizing and Controlling

Chapter 10: Managing Organizational Structure and Culture

Chapter 11: Organizational Control and Change

Chapter 12: Human Resource Management

Part Five: Leading Individuals and Groups

Chapter 13: Motivation and Performance

Chapter 14: Leadership

Chapter 15: Effective Groups and Teams

Part Six: Managing Critical Organizational Processes

Chapter 16: Promoting Effective Communication

Chapter 17: Managing Conflict, Politics, and Negotiation

Chapter 18: Using Advanced Information Technology to Increase Performance

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