A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Organizations

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SAGE Publications, Jul 12, 2005 - Business & Economics - 160 pages
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'Indispensable and subversive' - Simon Caulkin, The Observer

`This is an essential introduction to the critical analysis of organizations which can be thoroughly recommended to all students coming to this subject new. In a writing style which is lucid, witty and informative, Grey shows how the study of organizations is central to all our lives. He resues organization studies from managerial hype and places it back at the centre of our understanding of the social, ethical and political dilemmas of the twenty-first century. Buy this book!' - Glenn Morgan, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

This is the book which management students have been waiting for. Written in an accessible style, it enters into lively discussion of classical and contemporary ideas about organizations and their management. It shows that getting to grips with these ideas means asking fundamental questions about what it means to be human and about the nature of modern society.

This book is for you if:

- you get impatient with heavy, conventional and lengthy textbooks

- you are fed up with the trite simplicities of the management gurus

- you are dismayed by dry, worthy, alternative views

- you want to show your lecturer you have done some extra reading

It is an antidote to the boring textbook and it is compatible with any degree course on management and organizations. It will challenge your thinking and it will help you get a good mark in your exam. And it's cheap. Should you buy it? It's a no-brainer.

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Contents

Bureaucracy and Scientific Management
21
Human Relations Theory and People Management
43
Organizational Culture and SelfManagement
65
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