Social Worker as Manager: A Practical Guide to Success / Edition 3

Social Worker as Manager: A Practical Guide to Success / Edition 3

by Robert W. Weinbach

ISBN-10: 0205267726

ISBN-13: 9780205267729

Pub. Date: 07/03/1997

Publisher: Pearson Education

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The Social Worker as Manager:  A Practical Guide to Success

Fifth Edition

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Weinbach Back Cover Copy

The Social Worker as Manager:  A Practical Guide to Success

Fifth Edition


By: Robert W. Weinbach (University of South Carolina)



Basic Approach:


The fifth edition of The Social Worker as Manager, designed to help social workers perform management tasks at any level within an organization, combines the presentation of management theory and practical advice.  


This text was written for both students and practitioners who find themselves with increased management responsibilities.  It describes the functions and tasks that all managers perform–at the same time, emphasizing the uniqueness of human service organizations.  The new edition is easy to read, conversational, and contains many new and revised features.


New to This Edition: 

  • A discussion of organizational culture theory (Chapter 3) is supported by numerous references in subsequent chapters.
  • A new section onjob analysis, recruitment, and hiring of staff (Chapter 5) emphasizes legal, ethical, and diversity issues andprovides practical advice for performing important management tasks.
  • The use of committees and task forces is described along with their advantages and disadvantages (Chapter 8).
  • A realistic discussion of boards (Chapters 10 and 11) helps the reader to know how different types of boards function, how and why they often function differently, and how these differences affect social workers as managers.
  • An updated section on technology management (Chapter 11) reflects the increased importance of information technology in today’s human service organizations and how this affects the role of the manager.

What the reviewers are saying…

I will definitely continue to use the text because I think it does a wonderful job conceptualizing the issues related to management, and my students have stated that it is very easy to read.

 —Jenny Jones, University of Tennessee


This new emphasis on the ubiquity of ‘management’ at all levels of social work practice…gives this text the widest possible applicability to the current and future social work profession, and to those who teach at all levels and concentrations of social work education, both in the academy and in fields of practice     ---Nancy W. Veeder, Boston College




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Table of Contents

Pt. 1Management in Perspective1
1Definitions and Assumptions3
2The Context of Human Services Management21
3Historical Origins of Current Management Theories47
Pt. 2The Functions of Management71
4Influencing by Planning73
5Creating and Managing Staff Diversity97
6Promoting Work Performance129
7Staff Evaluations and Personnel Actions163
8Organizing Work Activities191
9Controlling Staff Behavior217
Pt. 3Completing the Management Picture263
11Other Important Management Tasks265
12Becoming an Effective Manager293

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