- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (15 Jan. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0285638440
- ISBN-13: 978-0285638440
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gods of Management: The Changing Work of Organisations Paperback – 15 Jan 2009
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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'
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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.
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.
Without doubts, a book that I recommend to anyone who wants to improve the understanding of organizational management.
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Good price and delivery time, a must read for any managers or aspiring business people.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer