Foundations of Management: Basics and Best Practices

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2004 - Business & Economics - 512 pages
In response to demand for a brief introductory management textbook, noted author Robert Kreitner presents Foundations of Management. Fourteen concise chapters cover all the basic functions of management without sacrificing any core concepts, real-world cases and examples, or pedagogy. Due to its succinct coverage, this versatile text can be used in business and management courses at both the undergraduate- and graduate-level, as well as professional programs (including nursing, law, medicine, health-care administration, and public administration). As always, Kreitner focuses on four overarching themes: change, skill development, diversity, and ethics. Kreitner's integrated, skills-based approach helps students to prepare for real-world contingencies. Hands-On Exercises (for individuals and teams) at the end of every chapter encourage students to develop increased self-awareness and build their managerial skills through a variety of assignments, including workplace surveys on organizational culture, quality-of-worklife, and management teamwork. Chapter-opening vignettes provide a practical context for the material by featuring interesting stories about real organizations, managers, and entrepreneurs. These profiles cover a range of organizations, including Harley-Davidson, NBC, India's Wipro Ltd., and Ameritrade and E-Trade. Three types of boxed features appear throughout the text. World of Management inserts focus on the global economy and international management, highlighting disparate regions such as Bangladesh, and Norway. Diversity in Action boxes address workplace discrimination against Hispanics, gender and leadership, the diversity-creativity connection, and other relevant topics. Best Practices boxes provide advice based on how individual organizations confront real-world management issues, such as how Wi-Fi helps Starbucks managers. At the end of every chapter, several activities help students to review and master the content, including Internet Exercises that prompt them to learn more about relevant managerial topics and problems online. Managers in Action Case Studies raise thoughtful questions about management practices in the real world. Ethical Hot Seat exercises test students' ethical reasoning skills by challenging them to make tough business choices based on complex real-life scenarios and then to defend their decisions.

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