The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 18, 2011 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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A game-changing approach to management

Too often discussions of management practice focus exclusively on managing people and organizational issues. Rarely, however, do they incorporate a discussion about technology or address all three dimensions in a balanced way. When they do, the result is game changing. In our hypercompetitive environment, those managers who are outstanding at being plugged into their people, technology, and organizational processes simultaneously excel at coming up with effective business solutions.

The Plugged-In Manager makes the case that being plugged-in—the ability to see choices across each of an organization's dimensions of people, technology, and organizational processes and then to mix them together into new and powerful organizational strategies, structures, and practices—may be the most important capability a manager can develop to succeed in the 21st century. Step by step Griffith shows you how to acquire this ability.

  • Shows what it takes for business managers to succeed as technology and organizations become more and more complex
  • Profiles exceptional leaders and organizations who are plugged-in, such as Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com
  • Offers a fresh look at management issues

Filled with compelling case studies and drawing on first-hand interviews, The Plugged-In Manager highlights this often neglected managerial capability and the costs of only focusing on one dimension rather than all three.

 

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Contents

Plugging In to the TwentyFirst Century
1
Why You Need PluggedIn Management
11
Part
33
StopLookListen
41
Mixing
63
Sharing
89
Part
113
Assess Your Ability to Plug In
119
Plugging In Through Practice
137
The Layers of PluggedIn Management
159
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Terri L. Griffith is a professor ofmanagement at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. With more than 25 years of research in organizations of all sizes and across industries, she has developed deep insights about the realities of working with technology. She writes the award-winning blog "Technology and Organizations." To find out more, please visit terrigriffith.com.

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