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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.

Managing and Disorder
Managing and disorder

It might seem surprising to discover that order requires managing if it is to organize us, but the assertion that disorder also requires managing comes as no surprise. Managing often seems to be largely about keeping disorder at bay, and that is true not only for professional managers, but also for our more everyday managing selves. When asked how we are after a stressful or difficult time and we reply that we're ‘managing’, or even ‘just managing’, we imply that something survives amid the mess and disorder that assails us, and that our separation from that mess confirms that we are still there, if only barely. In a negative way, we affirm ourselves; something survives separate from disorder. This separation, ...

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