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1st Edition

Managing Professionals

ISBN 9780415565097
Published August 18, 2010 by Routledge
208 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Managing Professionals deals with the tensions between managers and professionals within organizations, such as hospitals, universities, banks and judicial organizations. Often managers rely heavily on the skills and expertise of the professionals in their organizations, yet these professionals consider management a source of bureaucracy and paperwork.


This tension is explored head on in order to answer the question of how to manage an organization effectively. With numerous real-world examples, the book analyzes the problems and complexities of management in professional organizations and makes recommendations on how to manage professionals. The book focuses on a number of key issues, including:


  • Management as a problem
  • Management as a solution
  • Knowledge and innovation
  • Strategy
  • Cooperation
  • Performance


Managing Professionals presents an empirical analysis of the problems and offers solutions to the tension between management and professionals and will be of interest to managers and to students of management, organizational behaviour and business administration.

Table of Contents

1. They Can't Live with Each Other, Can't Live without Each Other  2. Management as a Problem  3. Management as a Solution  4. Strategic Management  5. Quality Management  6. Coordination and Cooperation  7. Knowledge Management and Innovation  8. Performance Management  9. Change Management  10. Beyond the One-Handed Organization

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Hans de Bruijn is a Professor of Public Administration at Delft University, the Netherlands. Much of his research and consultancy focuses on the role of managers in professional organizations. He is the author of Managing Performance in the Public Sector and co-author of Management in Networks, both published by Routledge.