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Management Without Control

May 2007 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Organizations: Management Without Control provides a comprehensive understanding of the functions of formal organizations and the challenges they face. The most effective organizations provide members with opportunities to achieve their personal goals while pursuing the organization's objectives. Using a practical approach with minimal jargon, author Howard P. Greenwald covers the basic features of organizations such as roles, structure, reward systems, power and authority, and culture and introduces important theoretical perspectives related to these features.

Key Features

  • Emphasizes the theme of "management without control": This volume differs from most standard texts by highlighting both the challenges and opportunities that result from the independence of the individuals in the organization's ranks.
  • Stresses the importance of individual motivation and self-fulfillment: Recognizing the individual's responsibility for their own success, the book helps readers evaluate clues to whether the organization to which they belong is an adequate opportunity.
  • Offers a critical perspective on current fads and management ideologies: Proposing no formulaic solutions, the book provides the perspectives required to understand each organization's uniqueness and to develop remedies to issues as they arise.
  • Makes theory accessible through numerous real-life examples: Chapters include examples from life in business organizations, government agencies, non-profits, clubs, friendship groups, and families.
  • Examines multinational corporations: Challenges involved in management on an international scale are explored as the book applies the principle of individual and group independence to global matters.
  • Underscores multidisciplinary interest in organizations: Content is drawn from sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and management science.

Intended Audience

This introductory textbook on formal organizations is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Organizational Behavior, Managing Complex Organizations, Sociology of Organizations, and Government/Non-profit Management in the departments of business, public administration, health administration, social work, sociology, and psychology.

Instructor's Resources

An Instructor's Resource CD is available upon request. This CD provides PowerPoint presentations, test questions, additional examples and cases, suggested exercises, and much more!

Part I: Understanding Organizations
1. Let's Get Organized!
2. The Organizational Milieu
3. Organizational Theories and Perspectives
Part II: Means of Cohesion and Coordination
4. Social Roles in Organization
5. The Rule of Structure
6. Reward and Punishment
7. Imperative Forces
8. Organizational Culture
Part III: Organizational Dynamics
9. Leadership and Followership
10. Communication and Decision Making
11. Politics, Conflict, and Change
Part IV: The Future Organization
12. Bureaucracy
13. Innovations and Experiments
Part V: Organizations, Personal Interests, and Responsibility
14. Organizations and Individual Decisions
15. Organizations and Society
Table of Abbreviations
Suggested Readings
About the Author

some of the theoretical concepts were relevant in developing an insight understanding on some key management challenges

Dr Abdoulie Sallah
Business School, Staffordshire University
August 11, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book . The content is vibrant up to date and easy to follow. This is a must for my course.

Ms Claudette Hunte Hunte
Div of Urban & Environmental Studies, London South Bank University
June 21, 2011
Key features
  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of the functioning and challenges of formal organizations.
  • Covers basic features of organizations such as roles, structure, reward systems, power and authority, and culture.
  • Emphasizes the theme of "management without control," highlighting both the challenges and opportunities which result from the empowerment of the individual in organizations
  • Draws content from sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and management science underscoring multidisciplinary interest in the topic of organizations
  • Makes theory accessible through the use of numerous real-live examples
  • Provides a critical look at current and recent management fads
  • Includes a balance of examples from profit-seeking, non-profit, and government sectors

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