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.
Chapter 3: Managing Management
Managers are not always chronically depressed or overcome with a sense of meaninglessness. If the project of management in its ideal form is inherently unmanageable, how do managers actually live with that in practice? Because that unmanageability of management is bound up with disembodiment, we might expect that strategies for managing will involve ways of remembering and restoring the body – of realizing that, like the cow, it has never gone astray. In this chapter we shall examine the strategies – some successful, some not so successful – of a number of managers, and see what can be concluded from their experience.1
Taylor's commitment to management was total. It occupied all his available time. It made his workplace, his and his children's ...