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'Most books on Organizational Behaviour are still gender-free zones. This book however treats gender as it needs to be treated, as a fundamental organizing principle of organization’. Professor Paul Iles, of Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University: Challenging mainstream accounts of organizational behaviour and management, which treat gender as an optional extra, this book demonstrates how it can be an essential organizing principle. Each chapter covers one or more of the principal mainstream topics before deconstructing and critiquing these and suggesting other ways of understanding these issues.
Chapter 7: Teamworking
No one knows the true impact of the profound and dramatic changes business is experiencing today. In most companies business practices will never be the same, but what about their underlying organizational structures? Companies across the globe are facing tremendous pressures to continuously innovate and improve their business practices in order to remain competitive (Trent, 1996). At the same time that they introduce innovations, many still cling to traditional organizational values such as strong, individualistic leaders; different degrees of hierarchical control, authority, direction, and planning; and entrenched differences in pay, authority, status and power. This hidden agenda helps explain why many apparently promising new ideas do not work and why workers often feel so cynical about the sincerity of change attempts ...