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Key Ideas in Business and Management


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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.

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Employment A Key Idea for Business and Society

Employment: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Jamie Woodcock
May 23, 2023

Employment: A Key Idea for Business and Society introduces a topic that many of us take for granted yet is central to how we understand business and management. Most people work for the majority of their lives and in recent years, employment has become a topic of popular debate, particularly asking...

Power A Key Idea for Business and Society

Power: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

By Reinoud Bosch
December 27, 2021

Power plays a central role in business and management. But what is power exactly, and what are key elements of this concept? Defining power as relative ability, this book discusses structures of power, individual power, the exercise of power, strategy, and collective power. While discussing these ...

Human Rights A Key Idea for Business and Society

Human Rights: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

By Karin Buhmann
December 14, 2021

Human rights is an interdisciplinary subject as well as a foundational aspect of the law. The importance of human rights at the intersection of business and society is central, yet under-analyzed. This book provides an accessible understanding of what human rights are, how business enterprises may ...

Complexity A Key Idea for Business and Society

Complexity: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

By Chris Mowles
November 30, 2021

This book interprets insights from the complexity sciences to explore seven types of complexity better to understand the predictable unpredictability of social life. Drawing on the natural and social sciences, it describes how complexity models are helpful but insufficient for our understanding of ...

Sustainability A Key Idea for Business and Society

Sustainability: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

By Suzanne Benn, Melissa Edwards, Tim Williams
September 30, 2021

The heightening impact of ecological and societal crises makes sustainability an increasingly urgent imperative, requiring a fundamental shift in how we understand and practice management and business. In this book, the authors set out the key characteristics of sustainability such as its temporal...

Surveillance A Key Idea for Business and Society

Surveillance: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

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 ...

Professions A Key Idea for Business and Society

Professions: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

By Mike Saks
April 20, 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 an analysis of a range of professions, including, amongst others, accountants, doctors and lawyers. The book offers a critical ...

Bureaucracy A Key Idea for Business and Society

Bureaucracy: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

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 ...

Global Oligopoly A Key Idea for Business and Society

Global Oligopoly: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

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 ...

Luck A Key Idea for Business and Society

Luck: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

By Chengwei Liu
December 02, 2019

Shortlisted for the EGOS Book Award in 2021, this book moves beyond tired analyses of business success that bias leadership and strategy in order to focus on the critical role of good fortune. The author provides insights from economics, sociology, political science, philosophy, and psychology to ...

Feminism A Key Idea for Business and Society

Feminism: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

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 ...

Hierarchy A Key Idea for Business and Society

Hierarchy: A Key Idea for Business and Society

1st Edition

By John Child
May 20, 2019

EURAM's Book of the Year in 2020, Hierarchy takes readers on a journey which traverses how this idea 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 perhaps ...

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