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Controversies in Management

As the role of the typical manager has become more diverse, the phenomenon of management has become increasingly puzzling. As demand for formal management training, theories and qualifications has increased, so our ability to think critically about management has lessened. And at a time of organizational and environmental turbulence, the question of effective management is more complex than ever. Unpicking the puzzles faced by both the manager and the student of management, Controversies in Management is an introductory guide to the major issues of management, organization and knowledge, asking questions of our 'guru' culture and raising debates on so-called expert thinking. Written from the viewpoint that the most effective managers are those that can think for themselves and put aside the advice of the management 'guru', Controversies in Management is a topical, challenging and thought-provoking study. Thoroughly revised and reorganized, this second edition features two completely new chapters that cover gender issues in management, debates on globalization, post-modernity and the future of management. Designed to bring readers into the debate, rather than simply providing a framework of answers, this new edition also includes an orientation questionnaire; discussion questions for each area covered and further reading suggestions.
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Controversies in management; what is management? - a term in search of a meaning; what is management? - exploitation politics and magic; the social sciences: can they help managers?; principles of management - valid or vacuous?; getting ahead in management: meritocracy or myth?; gender in management - must men manage?; organizational leadership - does it make a difference?; - managing all over the world - one way or many?; the future of management: business as unusual?

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