Creating Productive Organizations: Developing Your Work Force, 1st Edition (CD-ROM) book cover

Creating Productive Organizations

Developing Your Work Force, 1st Edition

By Elizabeth Smith

CRC Press

264 pages

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CD-ROM: 9781884015861
pub: 1995-09-01
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A highly motivated, competent work force is vital to an organization's success. Creating Productive Organizations is an interactive manual that challenges and encourages readers to assess and develop a clear vision of their areas of competence and interest in order to enhance productivity.

Basic, common sense information about people, jobs, and the workplace is presented using simple descriptions, methods, contemporary examples and illustrations. Readers are skillfully guided through the process of identifying and defining their skills, abilities, beliefs, values, work methods, knowledge, and strengths. Step-by-step guidelines enable readers to evaluate and more closely match their talents, goals, and visions with current and future demands of the constantly changing workplace.

Written for supervisors, managers, leaders, mentors, work teams members, academicians, students, and anyone striving to learn more about themselves in order to increase job satisfaction and overall performance. Creating Productive Organizations is an excellent stand-alone resource-however, the facilitator's guide is recommended for industry training or classroom use.

Facilitator's Guide

The facilitator's guide is a multilevel, experiential teaching tool that provides activities, inventories, questionnaires, surveys and discussion resources for individual and group use. Its content follows the same format as the manual and is designed to supplement and reinforce material presented in each chapter.

Table of Contents




What Can We Do?

Getting Started

Where We've Been

Where We're Going

Getting Prepared for Action

The Constants in Our Lives


The Changing Role of the Manager

The Need to Reinterpret and Reinvent How, Where, and When We Work

How to Achieve, Sustain, and Improve Productivity in the Long Run

How to Re-Design the Whole Organization

Learning Organization

Re-Design Processes

Mission Statements

Building a Base for Your Personal Equation

Basic of Behavior

Perception = Reality?: The Role of Biases

Personal Equation

Operational Definitions

Setting Up Variables for Your Personal Equation

First Elements in My Personal Equation

Environment, Organizations, and Technology




Ways to Compare Organizations

Future Directions

Personal and Organizational Productivity

Product-Based and Service-Based Organizations

Definitions Used to Describe Work

The Nature of Work

Examining Work and Classifying Work Activities: Look at Your Job

A Systems View of Work

Introduction to Business Process Analysis and Business Process Reengineering

A Systems Approach

A Systems Model

Building a Systems Model of Work Activities and Outcomes

Where Does Change Fit In?

Advantages of a Systems Approach

Human Factors and Work Processes and Results

Human Factors

The Core-Unique-Expanding (C-U-E) Model


Incorporate Skills and Talents into a Meaningful Whole

The Core-Unique-Expanding Model

The Core-Unique-Expanding (C-U-E) Model

Uses of the Core-Unique-Expanding Model


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science