Understanding Management

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This book views management as a complex set of social and symbolic processes often characterized by considerable ambiguity and paradox. In particular, it develops the body of work concerned with building experienced-based, grounded description and understanding of the processes of management and managing.

The contributors explore: the dynamics, subtleties and complexities of managerial life; its informal as well as formalized features and practices; and the significance of the cultural and symbolic in organizations. There is a concern with meanings and the relationships between managerial talk, thought and action. The contributors also draw on both established social anthropological concepts - such as culture, myth, ritual,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803989122
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/4/1996
  • Pages: 240

Meet the Author

My background includes undergraduate and Masters degrees in English Literature from the universities of Keele and Leeds , and a further Masters in Organization Development and Ph D from what is now Sheffield Hallam University . More recently I was awarded a D.LItt from Durham University . I have held Chairs in Wollongong (NSW), Sunderland . Essex and Durham before moving to York . I also spent 2 years as a Visting Scholar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: MAKING THE MEANING OF MANAGEMENT
Understanding Management - Stephen Linstead
Culture, Critique and Change
The Meaning of Management and the Management of Meaning - Dan Gowler and Karen Legge
Producing Clarity - Depoliticizing Control - David Golding
PART TWO: DEFAMILIARIZING MANAGEMENT PRACTICE
Competence, Symbolic Activity and Promotability - Omar Aktouf
Management Rituals - David Golding
Maintaining Simplicity in the Chain of Command
There to Here and No Way Back - Michael L Rosen and Thomas P Mullen
The Late Life of a Cocaine Dealer
PART THREE: RETHINKING SYMBOLIC MANAGEMENT
Management in Context - Steven P Feldman
Culture and Organizational Change
'We Are Our Own Policemen!' - Stephen Lloyd Smith and Barry Wilkinson
Organizing without Conflict
PART FOUR: CONSUMING AND CONSTRUCTING IDENTITY
Marketing, or the Anthropology of Consumption - Robert Grafton Small
Autobiographical Acts and Organizational Identities - Barbara Czarniawska-Joerges
PART FIVE: CHANGING IDENTITIES
Between Managers and the Managed - Paul Jeffcutt
The Processes of Organizational Transition
Postmodernism Goes Practical - Hugo Letiche

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