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Jones/George, Essentials of Contemporary Management is the concise edition of the market bestselling textbook by the same author team. Jones and George are dedicated to the challenge of “Making It Real” for students. The authors present management in a way that makes its relevance obvious even to students who might lack exposure to a “real-life” management context. This is accomplished thru a diverse set of examples, and the unique, and most popular feature of the text, the “Manager as a Person” Chapter 2. This chapter discusses managers as real people with their own personalities, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and problems and this theme is carried thru the remaining chapters. This text also discusses the importance of management competencies—the specific set of skills, abilities, and experiences that gives one manager the ability to perform at a higher level than another in a specific context. The themes of diversity, ethics, globalization, and information technology are integrated throughout.
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.
PART 1 MANAGEMENT AND MANAGERSChapter 1 The Management Process TodayAppendix A History of Management ThoughtChapter 2 Values, Attitudes, Emotions, and Culture: The Manager as a PersonPART 2 THE ENVIRONMENT OF MANAGEMENTChapter 3 Managing Ethics and DiversityChapter 4 Managing in the Global EnvironmentPART 3 PLANNING, DECISION MAKING, AND COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGEChapter 5 Decision Making, Learning, Creativity, and EntrepreneurshipChapter 6 Planning, Strategy, and Competitive AdvantagePART 4 ORGANIZING AND CHANGEChapter 7 Designing Organizational StructureChapter 8 Control, Change, and EntrepreneurshipPART 5 LEADING INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPSChapter 9 MotivationChapter 10 Leaders and LeadershipChapter 11 Effective Team ManagementChapter 12 Building and Managing Human ResourcesPART 6 CONTROLLING ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND PROCESSESChapter 13 Communication and Information Technology ManagementChapter 14 Operations Management: Managing Vital Operations and ProcessesAppendix B Career Development