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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management

Second Edition

March 2014 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Second Edition of Cunliffe's Management covers topics that are central to management, organizational behaviour or leadership courses, with updated international content referring to current issues such as the economic crisis and unemployment.

Conceived by Chris Grey as an antidote to conventional textbooks, each book in the ‘Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap’ series takes a core area of the curriculum and turns it on its head by providing a critical and sophisticated overview of the key issues and debates in an informal, conversational and often humorous way.

Suitable for students of Business and Management at Undergraduate, Postgraduate and MBA levels and anyone intrigued by the field of Management studies.

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Chapter 1: Management, Management Studies and Managerialism
Chapter 2: Communication, Language and Relational Managers or 'That;s Not What I Said...'
Chapter 3: Who are Managers? Discourses of Identity-Work
Chapter 4: Managing Culture - Managing Hearts, Minds and Souls or...Obversion, Subversion and Diversion
Chapter 5: Managing Ethical and 'Just' Organizations
Additional Reading

The book did not fit well enough in the overall theme of the course

Mr Ferry Koster
Sociology Department, Erasmus University Rotterdam
December 10, 2014

Not enough detail for ILM learners to reflect in their assignments for my liking.

Mr Gary Foulstone
Delivery, Gilfillan Associates Limited
December 10, 2014

although brief, soes cover some interesinting ideas in a new way

Mr Ian Durrant
Department of Professional Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 16, 2014

Essential reading for any manager who wants to really understand management.

Dr Aileen Lawless
Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University
October 6, 2014

A good read for students in preparation for the course

Ms Lise Georgeson
School of Management & Business Enterprise, St Mary's University College, Twickenham
September 26, 2014

Excellent and very accessible text. Recommended widely both within and outside courses.

Dr Hugh Lee
Nuffield Ctr For Int'l Health & Development, Leeds University
September 1, 2014

This insightful work on management is at the same time quite challenging - in my opinion - for students not familiar with traditional and critical management theories and perspectives. Interesting refernces to recent studies on different management topics abound in the book, therefore, I used this book not as a Course literature, but I reccomended it for students working on their Bachelor and Master Thesis as well as PhD.

Ms Irma Rybnikova
Business and Administration, Technical University of Chemnitz
June 29, 2014

Content is updated both in terms of theory and practical examples.

Chapters 1 – 4 are substantially rewritten.

Chapter 1 is now split into 2 chapters, with a greater emphasis in Chapter 3 on managing as identity-work. And as a reflexive, relational and moral practice.

Chapter 2 on language has more examples and is rewritten to make complex but crucial ideas more accessible.

Chapter 4 is restructured around a critically-reflexive examination of the dark side of organization culture as a ‘cult’ and a more relational and responsive way of managing culture as communities of difference.

Chapter 5 is updated with current examples and rewritten to make complex ideas more accessible to students.

Chapter titles have been updated

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3: Who are Managers? Discourses of Identity-Work

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