First published in 1961, The Management of Innovation is a business classic: one of the most influential books about business organizations ever published. Challenging the received wisdom that there is "one best way" to manage, it sounded the death knell of classical management theory and provided something lasting in its place: a way of looking at organizations that allowed for different contexts, different markets, and different rates of technological change. The book's famous typology of organizations as mechanistic vs. organic has proved timeless, as relevant today as more than thirty years ago. This edition includes a new preface by Tom Burns that situates the work in its historical and current contexts and offers his reflections, years later, on the ideas that changed the way people thought about organizations.
`Tom Burns' book was a minor classic when it was first published; one of the most sensible and profound critiques of bureaucracy in print. It was way ahead of its time, perhaps "prematurely right". I congratulate Oxford University Press for this re-issue, the third edition, with a new and extraordinary Preface to a book that is now a major classic.'
Warren Bennis, University of Southern California, Author of An Invented Life: Reflections on Leadership and Change, Addison Wesley, `93
`one of the most influential books of organisation theory and industrial sociology ever written'
`A fine classic.'
Richard C. Warren, Manchester Metropolitan University
`Excellent for higher undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Business and Management.'
David Nicoll, University of Central Lancashire
Professor A.W.M. Teulings, The Netherlands
`Written in refreshingly plain English, it is a riveting read and brims with insight after insight.'
`This new edition of a celebrated work first published in 1961 is very welcome ... Grab the chance to replace tattered library copies of this classic. If you have never read it, read it now - preferably, in its entirety, but at least chapters one, four, five and six together with the new Preface.'
Work, Employment & Society Vol 9, No 2
`A new edition of Burns and Stalker's scholarly text on organisation theory and industrial sociology is indeed welcome and should provide stimulating reflection for those who work in dynamic industries and professions ... For over thirty years, this book has taken a leading role in encouraging creative behaviour in industry and commerce; its message remains relevant in today's harsh economic environment ... Those who offer professional services - including
market and social research - will find that this pioneering text inspires them to reflect imaginatively on their present activities as practitioners and managers.'
Journa of the Market Research Society
Preface to the Third Edition
1. Introduction; Part One: The External Circumstances; 2. The Organization of Innovation; 3. The Development of the Electronics Industry, and the Scottish Council's Scheme; 4. The Market Context; Part Two: Organization and Change
5. Management Structures and Systems; 6. Mechanisitic and Organic Systems of Management; 7. Working Organization, Political System, and and Status Structure within the Concern; 8. The Laboratory and the Workshop; 9. Industrial Scientists and Managers: Problems of Power and Status
Part Three: Direction and the Shaping of Management Conduct: 10. The Men at the Top; 11. The Shaping of Work Relationships; 12. The Codes of Practice in Management Conduct; References; Index.
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 13th October 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.2
Weight (kg): 0.41