Understanding Management

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Cengage Learning, Mar 12, 2008 - Business & Economics - 720 pages
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UNDERSTANDING MANAGEMENT, Sixth Edition provides an engaging survey of modern management practice that seamlessly integrates classic and contemporary principles. Rather than concentrating on large global enterprises, the text focuses on dynamic small to mid-sized local businesses and entrepreneurial issues, giving students valuable real-world insights and practical skills they can readily apply when beginning or continuing their careers. To help students deepen their understanding and hone their skills, numerous skill-building and application exercises appear in every chapter. UNDERSTANDING MANAGEMENT also features a streamlined format and impressive ancillary package that make it affordable, flexible, well-suited to any course, and effective for students of diverse backgrounds and interests.
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A good basic textbook on management. Includes wide range of fundamental theories on organizations, motivation, leadership and so on and therefore takes ages to read through. An easy book to understand if you just have the patience to go through the whole thing. Read full review

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Contents

Brief Contents
2
The Environment
44
chapter 3
80
chapter 4
116
Benchmarking
124
Planning
150
Business Blooper
172
Cisco 380
181
Training and Development 299 Organization Development 299 OD Activities 300ODSteps
302
Resistance to Change 307 ForceField Analysis 308Implementation Tactics
309
Case for Critical Analysis
315
Leading
368
Leadership
408
Spotlight on Skills
447
Benchmarking
487
Personal Networking
496

Business Blooper
196
Management Style? 156
230
Organizing
244
Span of Management 253 Centralization and Decentralization
254
chapter 8
286
Cooperation 292Internal Coordination 292 External
295
Teamwork
518
Controlling
556
Glossary
623
End Notes EN1
655
Cengage Learning All Rights Reserved
695
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Richard L. Daft, Ph.D., is the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., Professor of Management in the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Professor Daft specializes in the study of organization theory and leadership. Dr. Daft is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and has served on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Journal of Management Education. Professor Daft has authored or coauthored 13 books, including The Executive and the Elephant: A Leader's Guide to Building Inner Excellence (Jossey-Bass, 2010), Organization Theory and Design (South-Western, 2010), The Leadership Experience (South-Western, 2011), and What to Study: Generating and Developing Research Questions (Sage, 1982). He published Fusion Leadership: Unlocking the Subtle Forces That Change People and Organizations (Berrett-Koehler, 2000) with Robert Lengel. He also has authored dozens of scholarly articles, papers, and chapters. His work has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Accounting Organizations and Society, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, California Management Review, and Organizational Behavior Teaching Review. Professor Daft is an active teacher and consultant. He has taught management, leadership, organizational change, organizational theory, and organizational behavior. He has been involved in management development and consulting for many companies and government organizations, including the American Bankers Association, Bridgestone, Bell Canada, the Transportation Research Board, Nortel, TVA, Pratt & Whitney, State Farm Insurance, Tenneco, the United States Air Force, the United States Army, J. C. Bradford & Co., Central Parking System, Entergy, Bristol-Myers Squibb, First American National Bank, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dorothy Marcic, EdD, MPH, is a former faculty member at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Marcic is also a former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics in Prague and the Czech Management Center, where she taught courses and did research in leadership, organizational behavior, and cross-cultural management. She teaches courses at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies and at the University of Economics in Prague and has taught courses and given presentations at the Helsinki School of Economics, Slovenia Management Center, College of Trade in Bulgaria, City University of Slovakia, Landegg Institute in Switzerland, the Swedish Management Association, Technion University in Israel, and the London School of Economics. She has served on the boards of the Organizational Teaching Society, the Health Administration Section of the American Public Health Association, and the Journal of Applied Business Research. Dr. Marcic has authored 12 books, including Organizational Behavior: Experiences and Cases, (South-Western Publishing, 6th Edition, 2001), Management International (West Publishing, 1984), Women and Men in Organizations (George Washington University, 1984), and Managing with the Wisdom of Love: Uncovering the Virtue in People and Organizations (Jossey-Bass, 1997), which was rated one of the top ten business books of 1997 by Management General. In addition, she has had dozens of articles printed in publications such as Journal of Management Development, International Quarterly of Community Health Education, Psychological Reports, and Executive Development. Professor Marcic has conducted hundreds of seminars on various business topics and consulted for executives at AT&T Bell Labs, the governor and cabinet of North Dakota, the United States Air Force, Slovak Management Association, Eurotel Czech Ministry of Finance, the Cattaraugus Center, USAA Insurance, State Farm Insurance, and the Salt River-Pima Indian Tribe in Arizona.

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