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Management Theory and Practice [Paperback]

G.A. Cole
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20 Nov 2003
Management Theory and Practice provides a clear and concise introduction to the theory and practice of management as required by those studying an introductory management course. Now in its sixth edition, this book is established as one of the best selling introductions to the ideas and developments that form the basis of the study of management. While the overall structure of this new edition remains the same, all the material has been updated and much of the material has been expanded. In particular given the speed of the developments in information technology, the chapter on this topic has been completely rewritten. Other chapters that have been substantially revised include the chapter on the international aspects of management and the chapter on individual employment rights. Other topics that have been substantially revised include corporate governance and the role of directors, business ethics, organisation culture and strategy.


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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA; 6th edition (20 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844800881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844800889
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read Management Book 5 Dec 2001
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Another one for the bookshelf along with Charles Handy's Understanding Organisations book. If you are studying Management, then you will find this a useful and easy to understand reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money... 15 Sep 2002
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An invaluable book used by myself during my managements studies with an excellent easy to read and reference format.
Ideal for those in formal study in either management science or MBA courses, but not for those looking for a lighter read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I borrowed this book from my local library in April, and 6 months later I'm still renewing it every 3 weeks! It's invaluable for my current management course. The book starts by discussing all the important theorists from Fayol, up to present day management thinking then going on to cover many other topics that appear in various University Diploma courses - industrial relations, strategies etc.
The chapters are broken down into short, numbered paragraphs and most discussion is concise and to the point - no waffling.
The book has many "homework" questions at the end of each chapter and basic answers at the back. It also has past exam questions - the answers to which can be obtained from the publisher should you require.
Overall it's one of the best management books I've found - try it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review 2 Jun 2011
By Stueeh Warburton VINE VOICE
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There are more management books around than you can throw an MBA at. This book is well written and covers a lot of the areas I looked at during my MBA course. Often it seems to me that management books describe the very obvious and don't teach you much that you would not have achieved by pure common sense. This book covers many of the regular models that have stood the test of time (but do test them against the fast complex cyber world that businesses -big and small operate in). I have chucked my previous 3 or 4 other management books away now and will refer to Cole's book. If you are new to management and don't want to waste loads of money on many books (why should you!), then Cole's latest edition is a good grounding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for all Managers 11 Mar 2011
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As I am doing my Level 7 NVQ in Management I thought I would make sure what I do was what would be expected so a bit of study didn't hurt.
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