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In Managing Organizations Stewart Clegg, Cynthia Hardy and Walter Nord explore the major issues and debates in management and organization. The textbook addresses key topics such as leadership, decision-making and innovation in organizations alongside such themes as diversity, globalization and ecology. Students and teachers of management will find this a comprehensive and wide-ranging resource on the core issues for contemporary managers and organizations.

Creative Deconstruction: Strategy and Organizations
Creative deconstruction: Strategy and organizations

At a recent conference a sociologist was complaining of the pervasive use of the word ‘strategy’ during the proceedings. His remarks came close to a paraphrase of Goering's irritation with culture: ‘when someone mentions strategy, I reach for my gun’. The episode illustrates the centrality of strategy to the field of organizational studies as well as its latent controversial power. The time is ripe therefore to take stock of the developments around what has become a core subject for social science in general. That the use of the word ‘strategy’, and its adjective ‘strategic’, has extended beyond managers and policy-makers to enter common parlance, makes the task all the more urgent.

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