Beyond Certainty: The Changing Worlds of Organizations

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Harvard Business Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 221 pages
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In this challenging and exhilarating collection of 35 recent essays, the best-selling author and social philosopher shares his reflections on a changing world, a world in which we can be certain only of uncertainty. To plan for the future in such an environment, says Charles Handy, we must learn to think differently. In vintage Handy style, the author offers pearls of wisdom and truths about work and organizational life. He advocates compromise as the path to progress and urges organizations to give more freedom to individual employees in order to maintain a balance between commitment and creativity. Beyond Certainty is a book to dip into, enjoy, and share with colleagues and friends.
 

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In this collection of essays, the British management consultant, social philosopher, and author of The Age of Unreason (LJ 11/15/90), The Age of Paradox (McGraw-Hill, 1994), and Gods of Management ... Read full review

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Contents

Beyond Certainty A Personal Odyssey
13
The Coming Work Culture
23
Balancing
33
What is a Company For?
57
Are Jobs for Life Killing Enterprise?
87
Why Theres Life After Work
93
Teach Your Children Well
97
What They Dont Teach You at Business School
101
Work is Where I Have My Meetings
149
How to Learn from the Real Thing
153
Ancient Greeks or Modern Britons?
157
The Birth of the Conceptual College
161
The Challenge of a Second Lifetime
165
Flexing Chunking and Changing
169
Paying Our Last Respects to Honor
175
Can the Dream Become a Nightmare?
179

A Company Possessed?
105
Are We All Federalists Now?
109
Are There Bugs in Our Offices?
113
In Search of an Idea World
117
The Parable of a Fallen City
121
Should We Be Paying Higher Taxes?
125
The Great Rowing Eight of Life
129
Is There Time to Raise Our Standards
133
When Arithmetic Doesnt Count
137
Be Good Get Rich but Stay Small
141
Japans WomenOriented Workplace
145
When Companies Are Condominiums
183
Make Your Business a Monastery
187
What It Takes to Make a Manager
191
The New Age of Positive Power
195
All Change in the World of Work
199
The Gun Laws of Galapagos
203
Living Fast Dying Rich
207
How Do You Manage When You Cant See the People?
211
Index
215
About the Author
221
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About the author (1998)

Charles Handy was born in Kildare, Ireland, in 1932, and was for many years a professor at the London Business School. From 1977 to 1981, Handy served as warden of the St. George's House in Windsor Castle, a private conference and study center concerned with ethics and values in society. He is now an independent writer and broadcaster who describes himself, these days, as a social philosopher. Other books by Handy include Waiting for the Mountain to Move, Beyond Certainty, and The Hungry Spirit.

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