Consider the story of George Ohr. In the 1880s he immersed himself in pottery, learning as much as he could about the craft. His apprenticeship taught him how to use the natural resources around his hometown, and where to dig for clay from the nearby river banks. However when he opened his own studio and sat down at the potter's wheel, he questioned everything about what a pot should look like. His answers were at once creative and innovative. And his pots looked nothing like the current work at the time. By defying convention, he was sometimes scorned and his work often went unnoticed. But today George Ohr's pots are revered for their creativity, beauty, and inventiveness.
This book features George Ohr's pots to remind you that many students will learn the fundamentals of being a manager. Innovation, however, is the key to managing effectively. Gareth Jones and Jennifer George have written Contemporary Management to be a voice for this innovation. And in doing so, they will hopefully prepare you to be a better manager one day.
Part One: Management Chapter 1: Managers and Managing Chapter 2: The Evolution of Management Thought Chapter 3: Values, Attitudes, Emotions, and Culture: The Manager as a Person
Part Two: The Environment of Management Chapter 4: Ethics and Social Responsibility Chapter 5: Managing Diverse Employees in a Multicultural Environment Chapter 6: Managing in the Global Environment
Part Three: Decision Making, Planning, and Strategy Chapter 7: Decision Making, Learning, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Chapter 8: The Manager as a Planner and Strategist Chapter 9: Value Chain Management: Functional Strategies for Competitive Advantage
Part Four: Organizing and Controlling Chapter 10: Managing Organizational Structure and Culture Chapter 11: Organizational Control and Change Chapter 12: Human Resource Management
Part Five: Leading Individuals and Groups Chapter 13: Motivation and Performance Chapter 14: Leadership Chapter 15: Effective Groups and Teams
Part Six: Managing Critical Organizational Processes Chapter 16: Promoting Effective Communication Chapter 17: Managing Conflict, Politics, and Negotiation Chapter 18: Using Advanced Information Technology to Increase Performance