Management Principles: A Contemporary Edition for Africa

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Juta and Company Ltd, ٠١‏/٠١‏/٢٠٠٧ - 468 من الصفحات
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Book & CD. To improve on an award-winning book poses a major challenge to its authors. The authors of this book took the challenge head-on by conducting a major research study to determine what exactly the outcomes are that managers at different levels must deliver in contemporary organisations in South Africa, and the rest of Africa. The findings of this study, which dealt with current and near-future management issues, as well as classical and contemporary thinking about management, were used as the blueprint for the updating of this book. After placing management in context, the authors deal with the knowledge, skills and dispositions required of managers to perform the management functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling in a volatile business world. Examples of how the functions are applied in practice are cited throughout the book. These examples refer mainly to South African organisations and situations that managers in South Africa, and Africa, have to deal with to create and sustain a competitive advantage for their organisations. The book endeavours to break down the silo effect of seeing the management functions as separate activities. This is done by continuously placing the management function at hand in a bigger context. This enables learners of management to assess the implications of management decisions on different people, processes, systems and so on that make up the organisation.

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Preface xiii
The evolution of management theory 25
Managing in a changing environment 54
changes 76
Creative problem solving and decision making 142
Information management 165
culture innovation and technology 213
Managing diversity 232
Groups and teams in the organisation 311
Communication and interpersonal relationships 361
New challenges for management 432
Index 452
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