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Rethinking Management

Confronting the Roots and Consequences of Current Theory and Practice

  • Neil Douglas
  • Terry Wykowski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. The Roots and Consequences of Organizational and Management Dysfunction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-5
    2. Neil Douglas, Terry Wykowski
      Pages 7-25
    3. Neil Douglas, Terry Wykowski
      Pages 27-60
    4. Neil Douglas, Terry Wykowski
      Pages 61-88
  3. Rethinking Management: An Alternative View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-90
    2. Neil Douglas, Terry Wykowski
      Pages 91-131
    3. Neil Douglas, Terry Wykowski
      Pages 133-169
    4. Neil Douglas, Terry Wykowski
      Pages 171-194
    5. Neil Douglas, Terry Wykowski
      Pages 195-218
    6. Neil Douglas, Terry Wykowski
      Pages 219-257
    7. Neil Douglas, Terry Wykowski
      Pages 259-262
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 263-274

About this book

Introduction

This book challenges the roots and elements of the existing dominant paradigm of management, which can legitimize artless practices and result in dysfunction, and proposes an alternative based on a different understanding of human nature and social and economic life. This paradigm is designed to bring about the conception of organizations as wholes rather than assemblies of disembodied fragments, with managers as facilitators of the work of others and shapers of culture, with a clear sense of purpose and a moral compass. Such a paradigm would result in a practice of management that is more competent, more purposeful, and more ethical, based on a more accurate and complete comprehension of reality. 

This book sets forth a more optimistic understanding of human nature and collective life, and the hope that we can be and do better.  It is a major contribution to the field of management and will benefit academics, managers, and consultants working in the fields of organizational development and strategic change.



Keywords

Teamwork Leadership Enterprise Management Strategic Management Organizational Culture Ethics Organizational Behavior Behavioral economics organizational dysfunction

Authors and affiliations

  • Neil Douglas
    • 1
  • Terry Wykowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Oxford Consulting GroupHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Oxford Consulting GroupHoustonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-41902-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-41901-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-41902-2
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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