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Understanding Management

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January 1996 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

 
PART ONE: MAKING THE MEANING OF MANAGEMENT
Stephen Linstead
Understanding Management
Culture, Critique and Change  
Dan Gowler and Karen Legge
The Meaning of Management and the Management of Meaning
David Golding
Producing Clarity - Depoliticizing Control
 
PART TWO: DEFAMILIARIZING MANAGEMENT PRACTICE
Omar Aktouf
Competence, Symbolic Activity and Promotability
David Golding
Management Rituals
Maintaining Simplicity in the Chain of Command  
Michael L Rosen and Thomas P Mullen
There to Here and No Way Back
The Late Life of a Cocaine Dealer  
 
PART THREE: RETHINKING SYMBOLIC MANAGEMENT
Steven P Feldman
Management in Context
Culture and Organizational Change  
Stephen Lloyd Smith and Barry Wilkinson
`We Are Our Own Policemen!'
Organizing without Conflict  
 
PART FOUR: CONSUMING AND CONSTRUCTING IDENTITY
Robert Grafton Small
Marketing, or the Anthropology of Consumption
Barbara Czarniawska-Joerges
Autobiographical Acts and Organizational Identities
 
PART FIVE: CHANGING IDENTITIES
Paul Jeffcutt
Between Managers and the Managed
The Processes of Organizational Transition  
Hugo Letiche
Postmodernism Goes Practical

`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

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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. More About Author

Robert Grafton-Small

Paul Jeffcutt

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