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Understanding Management

by Stephen Andrew Linstead

Understanding Management Synopsis

This book views management as a complex set of social and symbolic processes often characterized by considerable ambiguity and paradox. In particular, it develops the body of work concerned with building experienced-based, grounded description and understanding of the processes of management and managing. The contributors explore: the dynamics, subtleties and complexities of managerial life; its informal as well as formalized features and practices; and the significance of the cultural and symbolic in organizations. There is a concern with meanings and the relationships between managerial talk, thought and action. The contributors also draw on both established social anthropological concepts - such as culture, myth, ritual, totem and taboo - for understanding the nature of managing, and concepts deriving from newer postmodernist themes and developments. Throughout, the book emphasizes the importance of critical reflection for learning and change in management and organization.

Understanding Management Press Reviews

`A most interesting collection of critical current thinking' - Journal of Managerial Psychology '12 articles that review management as a complex set of social and symbolic processes often characterized by considerable ambiguity and paradox is Understanding Management' - Long Range Planning

Book Information

ISBN: 9780803989122
Publication date: 7th February 1996
Author: Stephen Andrew Linstead
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Management & management techniques,

About Stephen Andrew Linstead

My background includes undergraduate and Masters degrees in English Literature from the universities of Keele and Leeds , and a further Masters in Organization Development and PhD from what is now Sheffield Hallam University . More recently I was awarded a D.LItt from Durham University . I have held Chairs in Wollongong (NSW), Sunderland . Essex and Durham before moving to York . I also spent 2 years as a Visting Scholar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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