This book invites the reader to explore the more puzzling aspects of those processes called 'management'. It provides a focused collection of readings to support and encourage wider consideration of alternative ways of thinking about management and its effectiveness in contemporary organisations. Key features of this text include:
* a selection of contributions which derive from historically grounded and politically aware considerations, examining alternative approaches, and drawing on a wider source of perspectives than those currently dominating management literature
* an exploration of the uncertainties and apparent contradictions encountered in management action, grounded in the reflective practices of the contributors, employing examples and experiences from a wide range of organizations
* ideas fundamental to understanding the complexities of management which will extend students' own ways of thinking
* an informed contextual approach to the study of management, grouping together themes and ideas which shed light upon the contested arenas of management action.
By placing emphasis on the development of improved critical abilities in management practice, this book will be an invaluable text for all management studies and MBA students.
Table of Contents
Preface David Golding and David Currie 1. The Nature of Management David Golding 2. Encountering Management Vince Dispenza 3. Treading Treacle at Parties and Parapets - Excursions into Managerial Ideology Joe Nason 4. The Enactment of Political Tensions in Management - A Historical Perspective Judith Golding 5. Reconstructing The Study of Management Robert Protherough 6. Teaching Management Through Reflective Practice Janet McGivern and Jane Thompson 7. Circles of Uncertainty in Management Learning Judith Golding 8. Promises, Promotions and Pristine Porcelain - Rhetorics and Essences in Management Action Fred Dobson 9. Nothing Starts From Nowhere David Currie Reflective David Golding and David Currie.