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Since the 1980s, popular management thinkers, ‘gurus’, have promoted a number of performance improvement programs and management fashions which have greatly influenced both the everyday conduct of organizational life and the preoccupations of academic researchers. This book provides a rhetorical critique of the management guru and management fashion phenomenon, building on the important theoretical progress that has recently been made by a small, but growing band of management researchers.Fantasy theme analysis, a dramatically-based method of rhetorical criticism, is conducted to critique three of the most important management fashions to have emerged during the 1990s:* the re-engineering movement promoted by Michael Hammer and James Champy* the effectiveness movement led by Stephen Covey* the learning organization movement inspired by Peter Senge and his colleagues.I
by Stephen B Adams , Marvin O Brown , Thomas J Calo , Wayne H Decker , Richard C Hoffman , Charles C Manz , Karen P Manz , Olivier P Roche , Frank Shipper , Marc D Street , Vera L Street , Christy H Weer , Language: English
Today’s views of leadership and management have significantly expanded to incorporate a variety of elements such as rewards, visions, and worker participation. However, most perspectives still view leadership as something that is assigned to a designated person who then exercises influence downward toward subordinate followers. In many ways the persistent top-down command and control theme that supports established leadership thought and practice prevents organizations from fully tapping into their human resources, in turn limiting their flexibility to meet the challenges of increasingly dynamic, complex, and competitive environments.
Shared Entrepreneurship replaces the top-down approaches of the past with a new framework that draws strengths and innovation from collaboration and sharing. This book is divided into two main sections. The first section consists of six chapters which provide an in-depth overview and discussion of shared entrepreneurship. The second section consists of eight original case studies commissioned by the authors, featuring such companies as Herman Miller, Inc., SRC Holdings, and W.L. Gore & Associates.
Just over 100 years ago, Joseph A. Schumpeter published Theorie, which, along with his other works, has shaped the field of entrepreneurship. Since then, so little research has examined the interiors of the entrepreneurial experiences and its processes. Today’s treatments of entrepreneurship often consist of a cadre of disparate and discipline-based conceptual and theoretical discourses that offer their particular values and contributions.
The Theory of Entrepreneurship examines the interiors of the entrepreneurial value creation process and offers a new unified and comprehensive theory to afford empirical investigations as well as to delineate a broader view of the entrepreneurial contextual milieu.
Research shows that corporate life expectancy and performance have declined 75% in the last 50 years – organizations need a different approach if they are to survive, let alone thrive.
While people are often stated as a company’s greatest asset, few businesses have a clear model of leadership that improves engagement, removes barriers to innovation, and uncovers hidden strengths in people and the organization. This book addresses that need and, more importantly, demonstrates HOW organizations can make The Management Shift to a new way of thinking and working.
Organizations competing in today’s rapidly changing technological markets are faced with the challenges of "dualism"–operating efficiently in the present while innovating effectively for the future. Managers and leaders within these organizations not only have to focus on current market success and profitability, but they must also introduce the next generation of technical advances, product attributes, or service features that will sustain and even augment their continuing global competitiveness.
When organizations commit resources to training or implement new policies, they want to see measurable results. Using real-life examples and step-by-step instructions, this consummately practical guide shows human resources professionals how to quantify outcomes in three major areas: performance, learning, and perceptions.
Today every manager, in every sector and at every level, is challenged by organizational complexity – demands and data from all directions. In order to make sense of this complexity, managers, consultants and academics have devised a multitude of models of organizational structure, strategy and systems. However, nearly all of these models turn out to be of limited real-world utility because either they oversimplify reality (by focusing on just one or two variables) or they are themselves as complex as the reality that they are trying to simplify.
Since its creation in 1959, Donald Kirkpatrick’s four-level model for evaluating training programs has become the most widely used approach to training evaluation in the corporate, government, and academic worlds. This new edition includes revisions and updates of the existing material, plus new case studies that show the four-level model in action.
In three parts, management educator Barry Oshry explains the phenomena of systems and leadership as experienced through his innovative Power Lab, a total-immersion experience that shows how to exert leadership in the family, the community, organizations, and the nation. The Power Lab shows how and why we repeatedly fall into systemic relationship problems, and what it takes to break out of the pattern. Once people recognize that they are system creatures, they can begin to master system processes rather than fall victim to them.
Readers learn to tame the complexity of real-world problems by using a structured approach of balancing broad views and relevant details. Managers will gain tips and advice on everything from dealing with a busy office to negotiating an outsourcing deal.
These inexpensive BEST modules are easily combined with each other to construct the ideal Intro to Engineering course. The goal of this series is to provide the educational community with material that is timely, affordable, of high quality, and flexible in how it is used.
Breakthrough Business Negotiation is a definitive guide to negotiating in any business situation. This smart and practical book by Michael Watkins, a leading expert in negotiation at Harvard Business School, presents principles that apply to any negotiation situation and tools to achieve breakthrough results.
This book covers time series modeling and forecasting for econometrics and finance students. This new edition has been simplified for more ease of use and includes new chapters and substantial important revisions.
Around the world there is an increasing interest in issues of small business and entrepreneurship. In a time with a lot of myths and opinions of the role of entrepreneurs and small business it is vital for a book like this to encapsulate the knowledge that can be gained from the most significant research contributions in the field. Such knowledge is often build upon empirical oriented methods providing policy relevant results for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
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