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Understanding Organizations

Organizations are a part of everyday life, whether in schools, hospitals, police stations or commercial companies. In this text, Charles Handy argues that the key to successful organizations lies in a better understanding of the needs and motivations of the people within them. "Understanding Organizations" offers an extended "dictionary" of the key concepts - culture, motivations, leadership, role-playing, co-ordinating and consultation - and then shows how this "language" can help us find new solutions to familiar problems. All organizations need to select, develop and reward their people; to structure and design their work; to resolve political conflicts; to lay down guidelines for their managers; and to plan for the future. In each case, the approaches and techniques described here (and the perspectives opened up by the detailed "Guide to Further Study") should prove invaluable.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 The concepts: about this book; on the motivation to work; on roles and interactions; on leadership; on power and influence; on the workings of groups; on the cultures of organizations. Part 2 The concepts in application: introduction to part 2; on the people of organizations and their development; on the work of the organization - and its design; on politics and change; on being a manager; on the future of organizations. Part 3 A guide to further study: introduction to part 3; chapter 1; chapter 2; chapter 3; chapter 4; chapter 5; chapter 6; chapter 7; chapter 8; chapter 9; chapter 10; chapter 11; chapter 12.

About the Author

Charles Handy is now a writer and broadcaster, following careers as an economist, Professor at the London Business School and a consultant to a wide variety of organizations. He is widely regarded as the top 'businessguru' in the UK. UNDERSTANDING ORGANIZATIONS was originally published in 1976. He lives in Norfolk and London (Putney).

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