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1st Edition

Contextual Management
A Global Perspective

ISBN 9780789004192
Published June 1, 1998 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

Senior executives, middle managers, supervisors, administrators, and other students of administrative behavior need to know why harnessing human energies demands a full understanding of organizational and cultural contexts combined with a knowledge of personality characteristics--of self and others. In response to this need, Contextual Management: A Global Perspective addresses the art of getting things done in today's organizational world. It offers managers guidelines for working under a varied set of circumstances and explores ways to increase administrative effectiveness in organizations worldwide.

Contextual Management integrates different administrative levels and various organizational cultures with appropriate management styles and personal attributes to help you recognize the position context where you can be most effective. Using its self-assessment questions, you can gauge your strengths, weaknesses, and requisites for particular administrative position roles and contexts. You can also use tools from the book's appendix to help you assess personality attributes as well as the characteristics of a particular position context. You will put your individual experiences into perspective and enhance your understanding of organizational realities as you read about:

  • individual managerial behavioral relationships
  • organizational designs, job configurations, and CEO orientations
  • recruiting, placing, motivating, and supporting your staff
  • identifying a particular unit's work culture and recognizing its characteristics
  • why a supervisor must be personable to be able to carry out instructions from superiors while gaining allegiance from subordinates
  • assuring 'good fits’of administrative personnel in various organizational systems
  • goals--the logical stepping stones for initiating the process of implementation
  • the constraints particular work systems place on the relationships between managers and others within an organization
Appropriate styles of performance, as Contextual Management illustrates, are contextual, not universal. The fact that you are effective in one environment doesn't mean you will be effective in another. With this book, though, you can change your thinking about functions of leadership, decision making, communication, planning, and implementation and realize congruence in whichever environmental niche your organization moves into next!

Table of Contents


  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter One. Organizational Management: A Perspective
  • Management Functions and Process
  • Administrative Role Performance
  • Organizational Levels
  • Societal Cultures
  • Personality Characteristics
  • Our Perspective
  • Summary
  • Self-Assessment Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Chapter Two. Organizational Levels and Administrative Roles
  • Organizational Levels
  • Administrative Roles
  • Summary
  • Self-Assessment Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Chapter Three. Critical Dimensions of Organizational Cultures
  • The Macro Dimension
  • The Micro Dimension
  • Organizational Culture Dimensions: A Recapitulation
  • Self-Assessment Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Chapter Four. Organizational Cultures and Management Styles
  • Elements of Organizational Cultures
  • Organizational Cultures
  • Organizational-Cultural Transformations
  • Management Styles
  • Self-Assessment Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Chapter Five. Leadership: The Key Function
  • Leadership Traits
  • Significant Types of Leadership
  • Leadership Styles
  • Leadership Process
  • Summary
  • Self-Assessment Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Chapter Six. Decision Making
  • Rational Decision-Making Process
  • Methodology of Decision Making
  • Significant Types of Decisions
  • Decision-Making Styles
  • Decision-Making Aids
  • Decision-Making in Administration
  • Chapter Seven. Communication
  • Elements of Communication
  • Ways of Communicating
  • Significant Types of Communication
  • Communicating Styles
  • Communication Channels
  • Communicating for Organizational Action
  • Chapter Eight. Planning for Action
  • Goals
  • Programs
  • Budgets
  • Planning Phase Review
  • Planning Styles
  • Chapter Nine. Implementation for Results
  • Organizing
  • Staffing
  • Employee Compensation
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Training and Development
  • Controlling
  • Implementation Phase Review
  • Chapter Ten. Management Roles and Personal Attributes
  • Personal Competencies
  • Relationship Styles
  • Motivation/Power/Temperaments
  • Chapter Eleven. Position Roles and Personality Preferences
  • Personality Preferences
  • Organizational Contexts and Type Administrators
  • Type Profile--Countries
  • Some Special “Snug” Fits
  • Team Building
  • A Special Note
  • Position Roles and Types
  •  Chapter Twelve. Organization and People
  • Productivity
  • Effectiveness
  • Administrative Placement
  • Reward System
  • Career Advancement
  • Organizational Systems
  • Achieving Your Highest Potential
  • Appendix A : Know Thyself
  • Appendix B: Questionnaire on Personal Motivations
  • Appendix C: Work Context Profile
  •  Notes
  • Index

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