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Jones/George, Essentials of Contemporary Management is the concise edition of Contemporary Management. Jones and George are dedicated to the challenge of “Making It Real” for students. The authors present management in a way that keeps it relevant to students even if they lack exposure to a “real-life” management context. This is accomplished thru a diverse set of examples and the most popular feature of the text, “Manager as a Person” (Ch. 2). This chapter discusses managers as real people with their own personalities, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and problems. This theme is carried thru-out the remaining chapters. Discussions take place regarding 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.
PART ONE: Management and ManagersChapter One: The management Process TodayAppendix A: History of Management ThroughoutChapter Two: values, Attitudes, Emotions, and Culture: The Manager as a PersonPART TWO: The Environment of ManagementChapter Three: Managing Ethics and DiversityChapter Four: Managing the Global EnvironmentPART THREE: Planning, Decision Making, and Competitive AdvantageChapter Five: Decision Making, Learning, Creativity, and EntrepreneurshipChapter Six: Planning, Strategy, and Competitive AdvantagePART FOUR: Organizing and ChangeChapter Seven: Designing Organizational StructureChapter Eight: Control, Change and EntrepreneurshipPART FIVE: Leading Individuals and GroupsChapter Nine: MotivationChapter Ten: Leaders and LeadershipChapter Eleven: Effective Team ManagementChapter Twelve: Building and Managing Human ResourcesPART SIX: Controlling Essential Activities and ProcessesChapter Thirteen: Communication and Information Technology ManagementChapter Fourteen: Operations Management: Managing Vital Operations and ProcessesAppendix B: Career Development