Understanding how business affects and is affected by the wider world is a challenge made more difficult by the disaggregation between various disciplines, from operations research to corporate governance. This series features concise books that break out from disciplinary silos to facilitate understanding by analysing key ideas that shape and influence business, organizations and management.
Each book focuses on a key idea, locating it in relation to other fields, facilitating deeper understanding of its applications and meanings, and providing critical discussion of the contribution of relevant authors and thinkers. The books provide students and scholars with thought-provoking insights that aid the study and research of business and management.
Bureaucracy A Key Idea for Business and Society
By Graham Sewell
May 07, 2021
Being watched and watching others is a universal feature of all human societies. How does the phenomenon of surveillance affect, interact with and change the world of business? This concise book unveils a key idea in the history and future of management. For centuries managers have claimed the ...
By Mike Saks
April 02, 2021
Professions and professionalism have played an integral part in business and society. In this book, Mike Saks provides a thorough overview of this field through the analysis of a range of professions, including, amongst others, accountants, doctors and lawyers. This book offers a critical analysis...
By Tom Vine
September 30, 2020
Bureaucracy is a curse – it seems we can’t live with it, we can’t live without it. It is without doubt one of the fundamental ideas which underpin the business world and society at large. In this book, Tom Vine observes, analyses and critiques the concept, placing it at the heart of our ...
By Chris Carr
March 03, 2020
The era of globalisation brought waves of consolidation in business ownership alongside Leviathon-like state actors. Digital disruption too can leave market power in a relatively small number of hands. In organisational and economic terms, global oligopoly is now a fundamental idea for ...
By Chengwei Liu
December 11, 2019
Case studies of business and management success tend to focus on factors such as leadership, innovation, competition, and geography, but what about good fortune? This book highlights luck as a key idea for business and society. The author provides insights from economics, sociology, political ...
By Celia V. Harquail
June 25, 2019
In this concise book, feminist thought is made accessible and relevant to both students and management practitioners. An empowering introduction to an often-overlooked key idea, this book illuminates how feminist thinking can liberate our understanding of work and management. Feminism: A Key Idea ...
By John Child
May 20, 2019
Written by a world-renowned authority, Hierarchy takes readers on a journey which traverses how hierarchy has evolved, is understood in various disciplines, and is applied in practice. Referring a wide range of sources, the book provides an inspirational introduction to understanding what is ...