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The Effective Manager

The Effective Manager
Perspectives and Illustrations

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February 1996 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`The book will appeal to and be most appropriate for students new to the study of management, who wish to be introduced to what it is that the management theorist can offer the practitioner. In this respect this book works very well and I have no hesitation in recommending it for inclusion on the reading list of first-, or second-level management development programmes' - International Journal of Training and Development

An ideal introduction to management and organizational behaviour, this Reader brings together a range of contributions on the art and science of management.

The focus of the book is on the ideas and theories which a manager can use to become more effective. Six sections explore important aspects of the manager's job: management, leadership and conflict; motivation and stress at work; organizational culture; decision-making and teams; staff development; and diversity in organizations. In each section, the reader will find articles which reflect major ideas or debates within the area, including those that challenge traditional views and ways of doing things. Does money motivate? Are teams useful? Does organizational culture exist? What role does sexuality play in the workplace? These are some of the questions asked. Throughout, the book underlines the need for managers to take into account the different contexts of time and culture in which they act.

The book is a course Reader for The Open University course The Effective Manager (B654) .

Jon Billsberry
There's Nothing so Practical as a Good Theory
How Can Theory Help Managers Become More Effective?

Nigel Nicholson and Michael West
Men and Women in Transition
Iain Mangham
Chocolate Eggs and Chester Barnard
Charles Handy
The Chinese Contract
Andrzej Huczynski and David Buchanan
Can Leaders Change Their Styles?
Judith Knelman
How Can I Win if You Don't Lose?
Games Where the Winner Doesn't Take All

Charles Handy
The [pound]5 Auction
Greg Clark
Profit-Related Pay
A Retrospective

Adrian Furnham
Does Money Motivate?
Peter Warr
Job Features and Excessive Stress
Lawrence R Murphy
Prevention and Management of Work Stress
Kevin Daniels
Terrence Deal and Allen Kennedy
Corporate Tribes
Identifying the Cultures

Su Maddock and Di Parkin
Gender Cultures
Women's Choices and Strategies at Work

Emmanuel Ogbonna
Managing Organizational Culture
Fantasy or Reality?

Nicholas S Rashford and David Coghlan
Phases and Levels of Organizational Change
C Northcote Parkinson
The Short List, or Principles of Selection
David E Bowen, Gerald E Ledford Jr and Barry R Nathan
Hiring for the Organization, Not the Job
Jon Billsberry
When Does the Recruitment and Selection Process End? The Organizational Entry Cycle and a Horticultural Metaphor
Irving L Janis and Leon Mann
James March
Limited Rationality
Irving L Janis
Adrian Furnham
Reaping the Benefits of Teamwork
R Meredith Belbin
Team Roles and a Self-Perception Inventory
Peter Herriot and Carole Pemberton
Old Myths and a New Model

The Economist
The Trouble with Teams
Laurence J Peter and Raymond Hull
The Peter Principle
Alan Mumford
How Managers Can Become Developers
Stephen L Fink
Managing Individual Behaviour
Bringing Out the Best in People

Alan Mumford
Special Needs, Different Solutions
Clive Fletcher
An Idea Whose Time Has Gone?

Stephen L Fink
Managing Individual Behavior
Bringing Out the Best in People

Geert Hofstede
The Cultural Relativity of Organizational Practices and Theories
Nancy Adler
Communicating across Cultural Barriers
Rosemary Thomson
Actions Speak Louder than Words
Rajvinder Kandola and Johanna Fullerton
More than Just an Empty Slogan

David Sims, Stephen Fineman and Yiannis Gabriel
David Shallenberger
Professional and Openly Gay
A Narrative Study of the Experience

Kerry Hawkins
Taking Action on Harassment
Peter Herriot and Carole Pemberton
A New Deal for Middle Managers

`There are many...excellent papers, and really too many to list or describe here. Interestingly, the papers are all short; ranging from two to about a dozen pages in length and yet one is not left with the impression that either quality nor the messge has been either diluted or lost through brevity....It is likely that the book will appeal to and be most appropriate for students new to the study of management, who wish to be introduced to what it is that the management theorist can offer the practitioner. In this respect this book works very well and I have no hesitation in recommending it for inclusion on the reading list of first or second level management development programmes' - International Journal of Training and Development

`This text does an efficient job of introducing theory into a practical setting at the outset of the book.... Overall the book gives worthwhile synopses of many of the important issues in management. It is probably not for the in-depth study of management but gives an overall picture of the issues facing management today. This would be useful as an introductory text for management or as a refresher text to review more current management issues. The scenarios and exercises in various sections also add an experiential component to the text to enhance the reader's knowledge. The variety of approaches to management issues that are explained give a good picture of the multitude of complications facing today's managers' - Management Learning

`In the first chapter, the author sets out clearly and simply to explain how theory can help managers and gives several helpful, relevant examples which should tap any manager or management student's interest.... This book will provide a very good introduction to what management theory is about as well as an overview of key issues relating to managing people and would be most useful as an introductory text for students of management' - Journal of Managerial Psychology

Although now somewhat outdated the collection provides a useful overview of some key concepts and classic theories. The text book could be used as a starting point to evaluate the progress of modern theory in relation to the role of the manager

Ms Jane Dundas
School of Nursing, Kingston University
July 6, 2015

good informative book useful for supplementary reading

Mrs Laura Castles
Management, Torfaen Training
February 24, 2014

A great book which has proved to be a winner with learners undertaking their level 5 in Management.

Miss Nicola McDonagh
Adult Skills, North Lindsey College
September 19, 2013

Excellent resource for ILM Level 5 candidates to explore and compare what the manager does.

Mrs Karen Gray
Teacher Education, Simply-Training
June 18, 2013

A really good informative text, ideal for those students wishing to aspire to management

Mr Michael Hall
Management , City College Norwich
November 2, 2012

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