Understanding Organizations / Edition 4

Understanding Organizations / Edition 4

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by Charles Handy, Handy
     
 

Charles Handy's revolutionary 1989 bestseller The Age of Unreason catapulted him into the ranks of the top management consultants. Now, in this new edition of his acclaimed study Understanding Organizations, he solidifies his reputation as a seminal business thinker, offering a brilliantly insightful, wide-ranging look at business organizations.

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Charles Handy's revolutionary 1989 bestseller The Age of Unreason catapulted him into the ranks of the top management consultants. Now, in this new edition of his acclaimed study Understanding Organizations, he solidifies his reputation as a seminal business thinker, offering a brilliantly insightful, wide-ranging look at business organizations.
Long a bestseller in the United Kingdom, this classic text offers an illuminating discussion of key concepts of concern to all managers: culture, motivation, leadership, power, role-playing and working in groups. Ever mindful of actual business practice, Handy directly addresses how managers can translate the six main concepts into invaluable tools for effective management. He discusses how all organizations need to select, develop and reward their people; to structure and design their work; to resolve political conflicts; to lay down guidelines for their managers; and to plan for the future. In each case, the approaches and techniques described here are invaluable.
Equally important, Handy excels at presenting his ideas in colorful, immediately accessible ways, filling the book with illuminating examples and inventive metaphors that range from Tolstoy's ideas on the concept of self, to the many meanings of "good morning," to the conversations that occur in a stopped elevator, to the proper size for a vineyard or an elephant. He shows, for instance, how an optical illusion experiment sheds light on interdepartmental relations, and how the way schoolchildren are typecast by their peers helps explain corporate hierarchies. And along with case studies, graphs, charts, and questionnaires, Understanding Organizations is peppered with boxed sections that offer advice and stimulate thought, brimming with provocative quotations from business wizards such as Peter Drucker, Tom Peters, Warren Bennis, Alvin Toffler, and Rosabeth Moss Kanter, as well as from Aristotle, Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, Gail Sheehy, and Joseph Heller.
What the successful manager knows intuitively, Charles Handy puts into words. His powerful interpretive schemes will help managers grasp the underlying dynamics of their company, make sense of its past, and assess—and shape—its future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195087321
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Edition description:
4TH
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,527,062
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.43(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Handy is a visiting professor at the London Business School as well as a writer and management consultant. His books include The Age of Unreason, Waiting for the Mountain to Move, and Inside Organizations.

Table of Contents

Introduction9
Pt. 1The Concepts11
1About This Book13
2On the Motivation to Work29
3On Roles and Interactions60
4On Leadership96
5On Power and Influence123
6On the Workings of Groups150
7On the Cultures of Organizations180
Pt. 2The Concepts in Application217
8On the People of Organizations and their Development222
9On the Work of the Organization - and its Design253
10On Polities and Change291
11On Being a Manager320
12On the Future of Organizations345
Pt. 3A Guide to Further Study373
Acknowledgements430
Index433

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