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Effective management in practice : analytical insights and critical questions

Author: Robin Wensley
Publisher: Los Angeles, California : SAGE, 2013.
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Robin Wensley explores all the basic analytical approaches required to inform a sound analytical approach to practical issues in the management of human organisations. Readers will gain crucial  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Wensley
ISBN: 9781446272619 1446272613 9781446272602 1446272605
OCLC Number: 862349974
Description: 1 volume ; 25 cm
Contents: INTRODUCTION The Four Starting Issues The Four Strands The Chapter SequenceCHAPTER 1: EXTENDING ANALYSIS IN EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT The Legacy of the Sixties Extended Analysis: Both Analysis and Synthesis The Interrogative Mood Issues of Representation Introducing Time and Movement Choices, Decisions and Action Rationality in Practice: Simplification Approaches Conclusion: Coping with Complex RationalityCHAPTER 2: NEVER STOP LEARNING Some Basic Ideas The Reflective Practitioner Sources of Learning beyond One's Own Practice Conclusion: Reprise on the Reflective PractitionerCHAPTER 3: EVIDENCE AND ENGAGEMENT Evidence-Based Management Risk, Uncertainty and Profit The Wisdom of Crowds (Sometimes) Isomorphism and Lemmings Unexpected Events and Isolating Mechanisms Dialectic, Rhetoric and Consensus Engagement and Management: Scientific Knowledge and Folk Wisdom The Nature of Academic Practice: Statistical Analysis and Evidential Claims Learning from the Clinical Medical Experience of Evidence-Based Practice Return to Managerial Relevance and the Issue of Timeliness Conclusion: Getting the Best out of EngagementCHAPTER 4: TOOLS FOR THINKING Introduction: Comparing Perspectives in 1975 and 2009 Complexity and Chaos The Structure of Systems: The Ubiquitous Tree Open and Closed Systems Modularisation and Loose-Tight Linkages Basic Game Theory Insights from Simple Experimental Games Conclusion: Bounded but not RestrictedCHAPTER 5: MAKING SENSE OF THE NUMBERS Concentration and Dispersion of Variables Forms of Representation: Frquency Plots and Box Diagrams Understanding Outliers Significance, Correlation and Causality: What's Significance Got to Do with It? Type I and Type II Errors Type III Error: Answering the Wrong Question Type IV Error: Asking the Wrong Question The Rule of 10 Per Cent Mediators and Moderators Time Series Datasets: Lead and Lag Structures Casual Causality Conclusion: Half a Stratistical Loaf may Be Beter than the WholeCHAPTER 6: RETURNING TO PRACTICAL WISDOM: THE FRAMEWORKS FOR ANALYSIS Practical Wisdom: Reasoned Analysis and Deliberate Action Watching Out for Boxes, Linear Diagrams and Other Simplifying Tools Introducing Dynamics into a Static Representation Dr Who and the Time Dimension Specific Representations and Implicit Assumptions Contradictory Common Sense Conclusion: Common and Uncommon SenseCHAPTER 7: THE CENTRAL ROLE OF STORIES Organisational Success and Failure: The Perils of "Learning from the Past" Fads and Fashions Revisiting the Onus of Proof Issue When and How Does the Decision Get Made? The Narrative Approach Conclusion: An Effective Role for Analysis in Management PracticeCHAPTER 8: LINKING THE CLASSROOM TO THE WORKPLACE Learning from Case Studies The Challenge of Simulating and Learning from Management Practice Video Material Experiential Exercises: Simulations and Projects Conclusion: Learning through QuestioningCHAPTER 9: AN ONGOING DECISION PROCESS OF QUESTIONING AND DISSONANCE Thinking, Seeing and Doing The Case for Slow Thinking and Procrastination Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow In Praise of Dissonance Debates, Dialectics and Dissonance Making Some Sense of Innovation Questions and Answers: the Central Role of "Interrogation"CHAPTER 10: PUTTING THE MASTERS BACK INTO MANAGEMENT EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT Administration, Management and Leadership Stress Testing and Analysis Innovation as Hard Work: The 3M Post-it Story Innovation and Entrepreneurship Understanding Strategic Leadership Useful Insights from Writings on Military Strategy Good Management Research as a Means to Useful Insights Getting Beyond the False Rhetoric
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