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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. Their goal is to relate management theory to real life examples to drive home the message that management matters both because it determines how well organizations perform, and because managers and organizations affect the lives of people who work inside them and people outside the organization, such as customers, communities, and shareholders.

Essentials of Management concisely surveys current management theories and research. Through a variety of real world examples from small, medium, and large companies the reader learns how those ideas are used by practicing managers. The organization of this text follows the mainstream functional approach of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling; but the content is flexible and encourages instructors to use the organization they are most comfortable with.

One of the most popular features of the book has always been its focus on the "Manager as a Person," which discusses managers as real people with their own personalities, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and problems. In the 2nd Edition, the authors expand on this theme by discussing 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 -all areas of importance that make up the workplace realities that today’s student willencounter in the course of a career- have also been greatly expanded in the 2nd Edition in the text, photographs, "unboxed" stories, and the end-of-chapter material.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073223575
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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 1 MANAGEMENT AND MANAGERS

Chapter 1 The Management Process Today

Appendix: History of Management

Chapter 2 Values, Attitudes, Emotions, and Culture: The Manager as a Person

PART 2 THE ENVIRONMENT OF MANAGEMENT

Chapter 3 Managing Ethics and Diversity

Chapter 4 Managing in a Global Environment

PART 3 PLANNING, DECISION MAKING, AND COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Chapter 5 Decision Making, Learning, Creativity, and Innovation

Chapter 6 Planning, Strategy, and Competitive Advantage

PART 4 ORGANIZING AND CHANGE

Chapter 7 Designing Organizational Structure

Chapter 8 Control, Change, and Entrepreneurship

PART 5 LEADING INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

Chapter 9 Motivation

Chapter 10 Leaders and Leadership

Chapter 11 Effective Team Management

Chapter 12 Building and Managing Human Resources

PART 6 CONTROLLING ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND PROCESSES

Chapter 13 Communication and Information Technology Management

Chapter 14 Operations Management: Managing Vital Operations and Processes

Appendix: Management Careers

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