Management

Management : A Sociological Introduction

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The study of management has been increasing exponentially for at least the last 20 years, but traditional introductions tend to be rooted in approaches that deny the significance of historical context and remain sceptical of the role of theory in developing the practices which are recognized as management. Eschewing the "ten-secrets-to-world-domination" strategy favoured by so-called "practical" management texts, and avoiding the "1000 important facts to memorize" (un)beloved of undergraduates, this book develops a view of management that is provocative and challenging while remaining accessible. Adopting ideas from contemporary sociological theory, the text examines an array of management orthodoxies: from corporate culture to managing change, from language to leadership, from re-engineering to reality, from feminism to fatalism and from upward appraisals to utopian management. The book shows that in each area of substantive debate, many taken-for-granted approaches are in need of reconstruction. Despite the critical approach taken to understanding management, it is written as an introduction.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 figures, bibliography, index
  • 0745611486
  • 9780745611488

Table of contents

Into the heart of darkness - a short theoretical journey; the black ships - the historical development of British management; mimetic pyrophobes - what are managers, what do managers do and why do they do what they do?; from silent monitors - the long and unhappy life of managing appraisals; re-engineering utopia - managing radical change; the alchemy of leadership; the culture of management and the management of culture; managing gender inequality through technology; fatalism, freewill and control - an index of possibilities; reflections.show more