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II. DEFINING THE MANAGER'S TERRAIN.
There's no doubt that the world has changed, is changing, and continues to change. The dynamic nature of today's organizations means both rewards and challenges for those individuals who will be managing those organizations. Management is a dynamic discipline and a textbook on the subject must constantly undergo significant changes to prepare you to manage under these conditions. Therefore, we've carefully revised this seventh edition of Management to provide you with the best possible understanding of what it means to be a manager. We've retained the basic four-functions approach, content, and features that have proven successful in previous editions. And, importantly, we've added new topics and features that better reflect the field of management and capture its excitement in the twenty-first century.RETAINED FROM THE PREVIOUS EDITION
Adopters continually praise this book for its strong applications orientation. This is not just a book describing management theories. In addition to including explanatory examples (which most other textbooks now do), we go out and talk with real managers. Then we bring their experiences to our readers. No other textbook has so successfully blended management theory with management practice. And based on feedback that we get from faculty and students, we remain confident that this new edition continues to make management concepts meaningful and to excite readers about the possibilities for careers in management. We'd like to describe some of the features we have retained in this edition.
We want our readers to know that we listened to what you were telling us! A couple of the major changes that we've made in Management, 7e, bring back the "tried and true." However, there are also several new content topics and features that have been included in this revision. New topics include e-business, workplace spirituality, stakeholder relationship management, virtual teams, team building, workplace violence, high performance organizations, value chain management, and work-life balance. The research base also has been updated to provide you with the most current thinking in management. In addition, we've added some new features that we think reflect the changing world of management. Here's a short description of the changes we've made.
A good textbook should teach as well as present ideas. Toward that end, we've tried to make this book an effective learning tool. We'd like to point out some specific pedagogical features that we designed to help readers better assimilate the material presented.