Adopting ideas from contemporary sociological theory, the text examines an array of management orthodoxies: from corporate culture to managing change, from language to leadership, from reengineering to reality, from feminism to fatalism and from upward appraisals to utopian management. Grint shows that in each area of substantive debate, many taken–for–granted approaches are in need of reconstruction.
Despite the critical approach taken to understanding management, this book is written as a lively introduction; it is not an esoteric nor a dry academic text but a book to whet the appetite of even the most hard–nosed manager and the most sceptical student of management.
1. Into the Heart of Darkness: A Short Theoretical Journey.
2. The Black Ships: The Historical Development of British Management.
3. Mimetic Pyrophobes: What are Managers, What do Managers do, and Why do they do What they do?.
4. From Silent Monitors: The Long and Relatively Unhappy Life of Managing Appraisals.
5. Reengineering Utopia: Managing Radical Change.
6. The Alchemy of Leadership.
7. The Culture of Management and the Management of Culture.
8. Managing Gender Inequality through Technology.
9. Fatalism, Freewill and Control: An Index of Possibilities.
Graeme Salaman, Open University
"The thoughtful reader will learn a great deal." Work, Employment and Society