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By observing the lives and experiences of managers struggling to succeed in a business organization facing major strategic challenges, Tony Watson's book considers basic questions about the nature of management. Providing a lively, accessible and realistic account of what it is to be a manager, Watson reveals the rewards and pains managers experience as they cope with both traditional business pressures and changing cultures. The revised edition of this distinctive book places the original ethnographic study in a contemporary business context ensuring that this remains a relevant and insightful account of the daily lives and concerns of managers which can be used to provide a practical element in Management, Organizational Behaviour and Strategy courses at undergraduate and MBA level.
Foreword. Preface to the Revised Edition. Preface. Introduction. 1. Managing and Making Sense: Culture, Control and Dialogue. 2. Management: An Activity in Search of Itself. 3. Managers in Search of Themselves. 4. The Organisation in Search of Itself. 5. Strategy and Culture in Practice: A Tale of Two Rhetorics. 6. Means, Ends and Going Around in Circles. 7. Managing Management: Theory, Practice and Emotion. 8. Managing to Manage: Language, Humour, Gender and Home. 9. Culture, Competence and Keeping Faith. Appendix: A Scheme of Management Competences. Bibliography. Author Index. Subject Index
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised