Management: Ideas and Actions

Paperback | December 1, 1998

byW. Jack Duncan

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Much of what is known in modern management theory today is not new. In fact most successful contemporary management ideas stem from the history of administrative thought. For this reason, it is essential for students to place modern management in proper perspective and to explore the originand evolution of management theory. Management: Ideas and Actions is an integrative text covering essential concepts of management theory. The text has two primary goals: the first goal is to illustrate that there are recurring themes in the field which transcend both time and fashion; the second goal is to demonstrate the continuingusefulness of concepts and prescriptions resulting from these themes by presenting case examples from modern organizations and experiences of individual managers. The text shows that although management can appear faddish, it is not about fads, and that although it is a practical art fundamentallyabout human relationships, it is also systematic and conceptual. Ideal for undergraduate, MBA, and graduate-level management courses, Management: Ideas and Actions demonstrates that management is cumulative and has scientific foundations, illustrates evolving currents and themes, and confirms occasional revolutionary progress. The author believes that weshortchange management and its history if we limit ourselves only to contemporary interpretations, and that we seriously hinder future managers by not sharing the wisdom that has emerged over more than a century.

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Much of what is known in modern management theory today is not new. In fact most successful contemporary management ideas stem from the history of administrative thought. For this reason, it is essential for students to place modern management in proper perspective and to explore the originand evolution of management theory. Management...

W. Jack Duncan is at University of Alabama, Birmingham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.09 × 7.4 × 0.71 inPublished:December 1, 1998

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ISBN - 10:0195118472

ISBN - 13:9780195118476

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Table of Contents

Part I. An Invitation to Management1. Why Management?2. Management and ManagersPart II. Challenges of Management3. The Challenge of Efficiency: Doing Things Right4. The Challenge of Change: Doing the Right Things5. The Challenge of LeadershipPart III. Coordinating Resources6. Goal Setting and Decision Making7. Authority and Coordination8. Management and MotivationPart IV. Managing Relationships and Culture9. Managing Responsibility: Obligations and Values10. Managing Culture and Quality11. Lessons of Management: Prescriptions, Enigmas, and ParadoxesReferences

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"The strengths of the book as a core text are that the book is relatively easy to read, it is well written and interesting, and it covers much of the history of management and management principles....Readable and enjoyable. It also has much more on the history of management ideas than mostbooks."--Robert Gephart, University of Alberta, Canada