Understanding Management: Social Science Foundations

Paperback | September 4, 2014

byPaul Willman

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Management is a fragmented and interdisciplinary area of study, with a lot of academic branches. Willman argues this tree is narrower at its roots, and these roots lie primarily in social science. Key to the purpose of the book is to present management theory as applied social science.Developed out of a core management course at Master's level, this book introduces the field to students who may have little prior knowledge of management. Willman interprets "management" broadly to embrace the sub-disciplines of strategy, finance, accounting, marketing, organisational behaviour andoperations management. The text aims to show how they arose and how they relate, thus engaging the reader in a little history.The book is integrative, in that it seeks to find common concerns in disparate literatures. It is also critical in that it seeks to comparatively evaluate contributions to the management field both in terms of theoretical contribution and practical impact. It is intended to be accessible to a rangeof readers, presenting technical materials in an informal way. Finally, it is introductory in that it assumes no previous knowledge of the academic management field.

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Management is a fragmented and interdisciplinary area of study, with a lot of academic branches. Willman argues this tree is narrower at its roots, and these roots lie primarily in social science. Key to the purpose of the book is to present management theory as applied social science.Developed out of a core management course at Master...

Paul Willman is a Professor of Management at LSE. He was head of the Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group from 2008-11. He designed and launched the two year Masters' in Management degree, and launched a modular Executive version (Global MiM) in 2013. He was Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and the ina...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:September 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198716923

ISBN - 13:9780198716921

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Management FieldTheme A: Accounting for Capitalism2. The FirmTheme B: The Agency Problem3. Workers of the WorldTheme C: A Short History of Collective Action4. The Search for Consummate Co-operationTheme D: A Short history of Bounded Rationality5. The Structuring of OrganisationsTheme E: Measuring Performance; scorecards and league tables6. Strategy as Competition and CooperationTheme F: A Short history of the M form7. Strategy as Organisational TheoryTheme G: Managing Markets from Hierarchies8. The Strange Rise of FinanceTheme H: The Modern Corporation9. The Anthropology of Management?Theme I: Performativity; Does Life Imitate Art?10. In Search of a Better Past.Appendix Some core texts