This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.
Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.
This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.
Chapter 26: Leadership and Management
Leadership and Management
Management is generally concerned with the co-ordination of the actions and performance of an organisation in line with the policies, procedures and objectives of that organisation. Within social work, perhaps the most visible unit of management is the team leader and typically senior management teams are led by directors and their assistants. One of the many ideas of management, but one which is particularly relevant to contemporary analysis is that of ‘scientific management’. Frederick Taylor coined the phrase, which embraced now familiar notions of efficiency and effectiveness and the control of work tasks. The work of Weber (Weber et al., 1991) is also relevant to the tasks of management, particularly his notion of bureaucracy which included a formal administrative ...