Organisational Behaviour for Social Work

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Policy Press, 2012 - Social Science - 186 pages
Organizational Behaviour for Social Work unites the well-established study of behaviour in organizations with the special, and sometimes unusual, organizational settings of social work practice. In doing so, it recognizes the gendered nature of social work organizations, but, uniquely, retains simultaneously the valuable insights of mainstream organizational behaviour research, despite its often male context. Another innovation of the book is the targeting of non-traditional organizational behaviour audiences. For, where previous textbooks have tended to cater for managers, this book is aimed at the social work practitioner, and others who interact with social work organizations. Finally, the book uses real social work case examples to flesh out traditional organizational behaviour concepts, and, in doing so, also explains the impact of recent organizational changes upon social work practice.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Organisational theories and contexts
7
what makes social work a good job?
21
does the social work grapevine work for you?
39
do your practice decisions seem to make themselves?
53
can you join the perfect social work team?
61
do social services have a culture of complaint or a culture of care?
79
is a learning organisation a good place to work?
93
is a social work style of management possible?
105
do the costs outweigh the gains?
119
who really controls social services?
127
do welfare organisations resist change?
143
social workers in organisations
157
Bibliography
163
Index
181
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Gavin Bissellis a lecturer in social work organizations at the University of Bradford, UK. 

 

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