Gods of Management: The Changing Work of Organisations and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
Buy Used
£1.18
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Expedited shipping available on this book. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.
Trade in your item
Get a £1.25
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more

Gods of Management: The Changing Work of Organisations Hardcover – 19 Oct 1978


See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£1.17
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Trade In this Item for up to £1.25
Trade in Gods of Management: The Changing Work of Organisations for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £1.25, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (19 Oct. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285623362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285623361
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,396,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

Handy s jargon-free observations pack more power because of their clarity and prescriptive nature. --'Fortune'

A man with a lifetime s experience... One of the more stimulating books on management. --'Financial Times'

This is a serious book, while improving on the majority of managerial texts by being entertaining as well as instructive. --'Management Today' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

'A man with a lifetime s experience... One of the more stimulating books on management.' Financial Times' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Parry on 11 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I like Handy's writing style and have read most of his books, what I particularly like about this publication is that its not his usual commentary about the way the world of work is changing, rather it provides a framework for most managers, particularly new managers to understand the cultural dynamics of their organisation.

Each type of organisation is characterised by one of the Greek gods, its a useful analogy and he is quite playful with the portrayal of each god type.

Identifying the 'god' type operating within your organisation, then understanding its character allows any manager to position their work in way that would be understood and accepted by the hierarchy. It also helps a manager steer clear of incurring their wrath.

I recommend this book as a great primer for anyone learning about organisational dynamics for the first time.

It was simply a joy to read and very useful, Excellent.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 2 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
Charles Handy is an eminent management guru who has delivered insightful and humorous analysis of the management task for many years. Highly respected, his "Gods of Management" has delightful, tongue-in-cheek moments. Handy can intellectualise, can carve open an organisation with surgical precision, but he does not suffer fools gladly, does not tolerate pretension, and can enliven intellectual analysis with wit and a down-to-earth, down-to-work approach.
Handy here looks at the management culture of organisations. He sees the typical bureaucracy as having a 'role culture', where everyone knows what job they do and gets on with it. Dynamic organisations he sees as often run by a 'club culture', where quick, intuitive decisions are possible. Then, there's the craftsmanship culture where everything is organised around the task. And, finally, he identifies an artistic, anarchic culture where people are committed to being creative and have little time for allegiance to anyone or anything else.
Handy's is a stimulating analysis and a vital tool if you are to give yourself enough distance to sit back and try to evaluate precisely how your own organisation works. What sort of culture does its management sustain? Could it be improved upon? A highly useful and stimulating analysis which I commend to anyone trying to understand how organisations work.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
In my opinion, this book is a valid model to understand how organizations change, written by Charles Handy, one of the best management writers. The gods are a good model to understand the different kind of people that can join an organization. And the reading of this book is a pleasure, because of the clear and enjoyable stile of writing.
Without doubts, a book that I recommend to anyone who wants to improve the understanding of organizational management.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By John Ryan on 21 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
excellent, easy read and well worth having in anyone's library......well read and flicked through....handy as usual writes in an easy style which is easy to follow and understand
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Rune Glomseth on 11 Dec. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very good, interesting from a very senior professor. I recommend this book to all whos wants get insights.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Look for similar items by category


Feedback