Managing in Changing Times: A Guide to the Perplexed Manager

Managing in Changing Times: A Guide to the Perplexed Manager

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Edited by Sid Lowe

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 412 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 25mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 2 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New Delhi
  • ISBN 10: 8132102339
  • ISBN 13: 9788132102335

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This book brings together distinguished writers from diverse fields and their specialised perspectives on new ideas and the challenges they pose to the hegemony of neo-classical scientific management. It explores various possibilities for the future development of the understanding of management and organisation in the context of new economic conditions taking shape in both the East and the West. The focus on these makes this volume topical. It provides today's managers with alternatives to conventional approaches to management that are now facing a credibility crunch. Managing in Changing Times: A Guide for the Perplexed Manager shows the manager that there are no easy, quick-fix, off the shelf solutions to complex problems. Solutions require thinking and action with multiple perspectives and require considerable effort to master. This imparts the book a global appeal as it speaks to every manager. The initial chapters present the ideas of Schumacher and Capra which, the author shows, could be used as catalysts to evolve a post-scientific global management era. The book will be a handy reference material for students of management, managers and management pundits.

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Dr Sid Lowe, BA PGDipMktg MA PhD , Reader, Strategy, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Expertise International and Cross-cultural ManagementOrganisational Theory/ Behaviour and Marketing Research Interest(s) Cultural Aspects of Business Networks Process Philosophies and Management and Marketing Teaching Cross-Cultural Management (undergrad and masters) Experience General Manager - Hong Kong vocational Training Company 1982-88

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The book aims to provide a way out to manage perplexity ridden business world full of uncertainties and complexities while it appears to be overly critical of "neo-classical" scientific management and suggests new management paradigms -- based on combinations of management styles of East and West...It is very nicely produced, scholarly volume and must be welcomed as an addition base of the management theory literature. -- VISION

Table of contents

Preface - Sid Lowe PART ONE: PERPLEXITY, MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION THEORY Schumacher's Hierarchy - Sid Lowe Capra's Kite - Sid Lowe Kathryn Pavlovich and Robert Chia Perplexity, Process and Practice Perplexity; Preparing for the Happenings of Change - John Shotter Perplexity, Ecology and Technology - John Richard Ennals Perplexity and Ethics - Ian Steers Perplexing images: Relational identities in cultural tempospaces - Slawomir Jan Magala Perplexity and Strategy: Moving Towards an Enrolment Advantage Paradigm - Jon Gander PART TWO: PERPLEXITIES IN SELECTIVE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS Perplexity and Indigenous Leadership - Karl-Erik Sveiby Perplexity, Management and Business in India - Balakrishnan Muniapan Perplexity in South-East Asia: De-perplexing the Expat - Astrid Kainzbauer Perplexity and Oikomorphosis; Managing Transformation - Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer Epilogue - Sid Lowe Index