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Organisations and Management in Social Work

Organisations and Management in Social Work
Everyday Action for Change

Second Edition

240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Second Edition of Organisations and Management in Social Work examines the complex organizational settings in which social workers practice and identifies opportunities for taking action for positive change. A robust critique of organizational practices is encouraged throughout the book with an emphasis on active participation in the everyday life of organizations to achieve social work's goals.

The new edition has been fully updated to reflect the contemporary practice environment, with particular reference to leadership, and inter-agency and inter-disciplinary working.

The chapters cover:

  • Organizational theory and managerial techniques
  • Effective communication and responding to the emotional life of organizations
  • Organizational change
  • Ethical organizational practice and decision-making
  • Leadership and supervision
  • Responsibility, participation and accountability

Each chapter includes updated practice examples and reflective questions to apply the knowledge learned to real life practice.

Social Work in Organizations
Theorizing Organizations
Organizational Change
Communicating and Collaborating
Decision-Making and Risk
Leadership and Supervision
Accountability and Participation
Experiencing Organizations
Active and Ethical Practice

Praise for the first edition:

This is an excellent book. It is well written, thorough, relevant, up-to-date, critical and scholarly' -
Brian Dimmock, University of Gloucestershire

I am a social worker. In my opinion it’s important, that social workers realize that our work is embedded in a complex economy. Our daily consultation needs a sustainable social strategy with the focus on management and organization. Hughes and Wearing wrote a book which enables basic knowledge about management and organization. Must read for social workers, who want to build a sustainable future-organization for clients with their problems.

Mr Michael Garkisch
School of Business & Technology, University of Applied Sciences Ansbach / FH-AN
May 11, 2015

An excellent book. Recommended to practitioners and further education students.

Dr Michael Herzka
Social Work , ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
February 11, 2014

A worthy update

Mr Mark Hardy
Dept of Social Policy and Social Work, York University
March 27, 2013

The case studies in this book are very helpful.

Mr Chris Yianni
Social Work Didsbury, Manchester Metropolitan University
March 26, 2013

This is a helpful addition to the literature on social work organisations for undergradauate and post qualifying teaching.

Mr Simon Howard
Social Work, Health, Soc Care & Couns, Nottingham Trent University
December 14, 2012

Mark Hughes

Dr Mark Hughes is Professor of Social Work in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia. He has worked as a social worker in health, aged care and mental health settings in both Australia and the UK. He has also worked as a social work academic at the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, and Goldsmiths College  London. Mark’s research interests centre on organisational practice, social work with older people, and lesbian and gay ageing. Mark is co-author of six books, as well as a range of journal publications. More About Author

Michael Wearing

Dr Michael Wearing is a Senior Lecturer in the Social Work Program, The School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. He teaches in a range of areas of theory, policy and practice in social work and criminology notably on organisational practice, human and health service delivery and working in youth justice and related areas. He trained as a social worker and sociologist at UNSW and maintains a strong research and publishing career in social policy and applied sociology in Australia and internationally. More About Author