Managing Change / Changing Managers

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Routledge, Jul 31, 2004 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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The topic of change management presents students with many challenges. One of the most difficult is making sense of the plethora of guru and hero-manager literature.
Managing Change/Changing Managers is an innovative textbook that encourages readers to rigorously question popular management theory, presenting a challenging review of existing literature in the change management field. The author brings together an overarching perspective on the most influential writings in the area, but unlike other textbooks, provides a much-needed criritque of the material and its implications for management practice.
Arguing that the majority of management guru literature makes the art of managing change appear simple and foolproof when it is not, this text is refreshingly critical, guiding and enhancing the reader's own criticality. The book also draws the best practice out of the traditional theory, using cases to illuminate the practical side to change management.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
managing change or changing managers
3
stages process or continuum
27
open or closed?
53
manageable or not?
79
behaviours or perception?
105
practice performance or preference?
133
rhetoric and reality
157
facilitation or constraint?
185
managing change or changing managers?
219
10 Conclusions
247
Index
253
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Dr. Julian Randall is a Senior Research Fellow at the ETHZ (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschulze Zurich), Switzerland. His Bachelor of Engineering with honours is from University of Wales College, Cardiff and he holds a doctorate from the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), Switzerland. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the IEE and IEEE.
Dr. Randall is an active researcher of indoor photovoltaic solar application, most recently for a wearable autonomous location tracking system [207]. He is the general chair of the Second International Forum on Applied Wearable Computing in Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests include, but are not limited to, ambient energy power sources, context-aware wearable systems, autonomous systems and human-computer interfaces. Any queries should be directed via jfrandall@iee.org.

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