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

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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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Incl. context of human services mgmt; promoting work performance; staff diversity; management style etc.

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A reader-friendly text for a one-term course in management for either bachelor's degree or master's degree students. Contains sections on management in perspective, functions of management, and preparing for management in the human services. Useful for students who will never take another course in management as well as for those who will go on to advanced study of administration and management, and for social work practitioners with management responsibilities. This third edition is reorganized and contains all new cases. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205267729
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/3/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Management in Perspective 1
1 Definitions and Assumptions 3
2 The Context of Human Services Management 21
3 Historical Origins of Current Management Theories 47
Pt. 2 The Functions of Management 71
4 Influencing by Planning 73
5 Creating and Managing Staff Diversity 97
6 Promoting Work Performance 129
7 Staff Evaluations and Personnel Actions 163
8 Organizing Work Activities 191
9 Controlling Staff Behavior 217
10 Leading 241
Pt. 3 Completing the Management Picture 263
11 Other Important Management Tasks 265
12 Becoming an Effective Manager 293
Index 319
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