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Ian Lennie's topical and practical text relates everyday management practice to contemporary management theories. This book discusses the impact of postmodern and constructionist thought on the traditional framework for understanding the behaviour of managers. By examining the importance of language, aesthetics, ethics and the individual psyche, this innovative book gives management students a new framework for understanding and applying management techniques in a complex environment. This book will give students a sense of the practical relevance of contemporary theory and will offer managers a radically different way of perceiving thier enterprise ad evaluating iots effectiveness.

Nothing to Manage
Nothing to manage

The Ten Cow-Herding Pictures (Suzuki, 1927), as shown in Figures 2.1-2.10, are a traditional text of Zen Buddhism, showing ten stages on the path to enlightenment, told as a story of a man searching for, and finding, his lost cow. Approaching this search, by way of the previous chapter, as a management problem, provides an illuminating counterpoint to a more traditional reading. If Taylor reached an impasse where the distinction between subject and object dissolved into a nothingness that encompassed both, the Zen text takes this impasse as a moment of enlightenment, and proceeds beyond it. My interest is in how this opens up possibilities for managing beyond the disembodied presentation I have been discussing so far. (My abbreviated version ...

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