This summary of theory and practice is inspired by the belief that cut and dried solutions to management problems are inappropriate and that every set of circumstances requires a unique synthesis of experience and relevant theories. In this book the authors have reviewed the main texts and theories of organization and have added the lessons learned from an unrivalled volume of practical experience, garnered from some 900 consultants working in more than twenty countries.
1. An Introduction. Part 1: History 2. Approaches to Organization. 3. Writers on Organization: Pre-1939. 4. Writers on Organization: Post-1939. Part 2: Theory. 5. The Purpose and Objectives of Organizations. 6. Grouping Activities. 7. Delegation. 8. Roles. Part 3: People 9. People and Their Needs. 10. The Behaviour of Groups. 11. Leadership and Management . 12. People, Organizations and Change. Part 4: Practice. 13. Diagnosing Structural Faults. 14. Charts and Diagrams. 15. Designing and Installing a Better Structure. 16. Case Studies. 17. Principles and Maxims. 18. Conclusion. Appendix I: The Literature. Appendix II: Glossary. Index.