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Social Worker as Manager: A Practical Guide to Success / Edition 6

Social Worker as Manager: A Practical Guide to Success / Edition 6

by Robert W. Weinbach


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ISBN-13: 2900205792770
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 09/24/2010
Series: Pearson Custom Social Work Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Robert W. Weinbach is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work, where he has taught for over thirty years in the areas of research and management. He is also co-author of Research Methods for Social Workers (six editions), Statistics for Social Workers (7 editions),and Applying Social Work Research Knowledge, and is the author of Evaluating Social Work Services and Programs, all books published by Allyn & Bacon, and over 75 other publications. His management focus is in health/mental health programs and in program evaluation.

Lynne M. Taylor is a full-time faculty member at Radford University in the School of Social Work. She teaches practice, social policy and management courses, and an elective course on loss and grief. Prior to joining the faculty there in 2008, she worked in adoptions, child protection and medical social work and (most recently) as a manager in three different non-profit organizations, while also teaching part-time for over ten years in most all areas of the curriculum at the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work. She is a co-author of Applying Social Work Research Knowledge, third edition, published by Allyn & Bacon.

Table of Contents

All chapters end with "Summary."


1. Definitions and Assumptions.
If There Were No Management.
What Is Management?
The Functions of Management.
Management as Both a Science and an Art.
Management Ethics.
Avoiding Misconceptions About Management.
The Presence of Management.

2. The Context of Human Services Management.
The Task Environment.
Comparing Human Service Organizations and Businesses.

3. Historical Origins of Current Management Theories.
Scientific Management.
Administrative Management.
Bureaucratic Management.
Responses to Classical Management Theories.


4. Influencing by Planning.
What Is Planning?
The Planning Menu.
Types of Planning that Occur Within Human Service Organizations.

5. Creating and Managing Staff Diversity.
Issues That Affect Hiring.
The Staff Menu.
Creating the Best Mix of Staff Types.
Other Forms of Diversity in the Workplace.
Diversity Among Subordinates.
Diversity Among Managers.
Another Way of Viewing Diversity.

6. Promoting Work Performance.
Understanding Motivation.
Classical Theories of Motivation.
Other Factors that Affect Motivation.
Supporting Growth.
Growth Through Supervision.
Growth Through Continuing Education.

7. Staff Evaluations and Personnel Actions.
Staff Performance Evaluations.
Progressive Discipline.

8. Organizing Work Activities.
Basic Ways of Organizing.
The Departmentation Menu.
Combining Two or More Methods of Departmentation.
Delegation as a Way of Organizing.

9. Controlling Staff Behavior.
The Elements of Control.
The Basis for Control.
The Control Menu.
The Ideal Control Package.
The Optimum Amount of Control.

10. Leading.
The Elements of Leadership.
Theories of Leadership.
Conceptual Models of Leadership.
Other Variables in the Leadership Equation.
Creating the Right Organizational Climate.


11. Other Important Management Tasks.
Financial Management.
Time Management.
Change Management.
Technology Management.
Management of Staff Turnover.
Program Evaluation.

12. Becoming an Effective Manager.
Common Sources of Stress.
Is a Management Career Right for You?
Taking the Job.
Developing a Management Style.
Manager's Needs and Organizational Needs.
Becoming a Better Manager.


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