Organizations: Management Without Control provides a comprehensive understanding of the functions of formal organizations and the challenges they face. The most effective organizations provide members with opportunities to achieve their personal goals while pursuing the organization's objectives. Using a practical approach with minimal jargon, author Howard P. Greenwald covers the basic features of organizations such as roles, structure, reward systems, power and authority, and culture and introduces important theoretical perspectives related to these features.
Emphasizes the theme of “management without control”: This volume differs from most standard texts by highlighting both the challenges and opportunities that result from the independence of the individuals in the organization's ranks.; Stresses the importance of individual motivation and self-fulfillment: Recognizing the individual's responsibility for their own success, the book helps readers evaluate clues to whether the organization to which they belong is an adequate opportunity.; Offers a critical perspective on current fads and management ideologies: Proposing no formulaic solutions, the book provides the perspectives required to understand each organization's uniqueness and to develop remedies to issues as they arise.; Makes theory accessible through numerous real-life examples: Chapters include examples from life in business organizations, government agencies, non-profits, clubs, friendship groups, and families.; Examines multinational corporations: Challenges involved in management on an international scale are explored as the book applies the principle of individual and group independence to global matters.; Underscores multidisciplinary interest in organizations: Content is drawn from sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and management science.
This introductory textbook on formal organizations is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Organizational Behavior, Managing Complex Organizations, Sociology of Organizations, and Government/Non-profit Management in the departments of business, public administration, health administration, social work, sociology, and psychology.
An Instructor's Resource CD is available upon request. This CD provides PowerPoint presentations, test questions, additional examples and cases, suggested exercises, and much more!
Parts I and II of this book have described the basic requirements of organizations. All organizations promote cohesion among individuals and coordinate action in support of organizational objectives. Every organization is a system of roles linked by an invisible yet powerful structure. Reward systems, imperative forces, and organizational culture maintain structure and reinforce role expectations.
Upon becoming familiar with these features of organizations, some may view them as mechanical operations. But moment to moment, the manner in which actual organizations operate depends on the desires and decisions of their members. Every successive generation brings with it new ideas and objectives. Outside conditions change. Even the best-designed organizational machinery is subjected to the actions of many different “drivers” and to alterations in both its ...