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Organizational Opportunity and Deviant Behavior - Convenience in White-Collar Crime (Hardcover): Petter Gottschalk Organizational Opportunity and Deviant Behavior - Convenience in White-Collar Crime (Hardcover)
Petter Gottschalk
R2,489 Discovery Miles 24 890 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Ever since Sutherland coined the term 'white-collar crime', researchers have struggled to understand and explain why some individuals abuse their privileged positions of trust and commit financial crime. This book makes a novel contribution to the development of convenience theory as a framework to understand and explain 'white-collar crime'. The framework integrates well-known theories from criminology, management and other fields to explain the occurrence of offenses. It is found that autobiographies indicate a strong presence of neutralization techniques in the behavioral dimension of convenience theory, while internal investigations indicate a strong presence of organizational opportunities to commit 'white-collar crime'. Survey research, on the other hand, is found to indicate a strong belief that chief executives sometimes have the motive to commit financial crime in times of crisis, in times of great challenges, and in times of greed. The book concludes that the only feasible avenue to combat this type of crime is to make it less convenient. This book will appeal to criminology and criminal justice students at both bachelor and master levels, as well as those studying business and law. Practitioners, including consultants in global auditing firms, attorneys and police academy students will also benefit from the overview of convenience theory research.

Leading Without Authority - Why You Don't Need To Be In Charge to Inspire Others and Make Change Happen (Paperback): Keith... Leading Without Authority - Why You Don't Need To Be In Charge to Inspire Others and Make Change Happen (Paperback)
Keith Ferrazzi
R350 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R73 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

'Ferrazzi is breaking new ground in defining what leadership can mean in the emerging world of work' -Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global 'Ferrazzi has gone into the trenches to figure out what it really takes to empower people and make teams more than the sum of their parts. This book will be a staple in every leader's library' -Adam Grant, host of the TED podcast WorkLife, bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals Long-listed for the CMI Management Book of the Year 2021 The world of work is changing at an unprecedented rate leaving many organisations struggling to cope. At a time when constant innovation, agility, and speed often mean the difference between success and failure, we can no longer afford to waste time navigating the complex bureaucracy present in most companies. The #1 New York Times bestselling author Keith Ferrazzi argues that in times like these the ability to lead without authority is the essential workplace competency. Leading Without Authority reveals the secret to getting those around you to collaborate and cooperate to reach their full potential, whatever your title. The answer involves a shift in mindset that Ferrazzi calls co-elevation - working to elevate those around us. And you don't have to have formal authority, or direct reports, to utilize the co-elevation process. In fact, you can take initial steps forward without the other person even being aware of your efforts. Drawing on a decade of research and over thirty years helping CEOs and senior leaders drive innovation and build high-performing teams Ferrazzi reveals how we can all transform our business and our relationships with the people around us. The result is a new roadmap for thriving amid the disruptive pressures afflicting every industry.

Lean Leadership on a Napkin - An Executive's Guide to Lean Transformation in Three Proven Steps (Paperback): Ken Pilone Lean Leadership on a Napkin - An Executive's Guide to Lean Transformation in Three Proven Steps (Paperback)
Ken Pilone
R734 Discovery Miles 7 340 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This very concise and straightforward book is aimed at top executives in virtually any industry who are either new to the concept of Lean and its benefits to them or who have stalled in their transformations and are trying to resurrect their momentum. The book is written in a style that mirrors a typical interaction with an executive across a table with a knowledgeable, experienced Lean coach/consultant. Its style and substance reflect what a candid and casual conversation would sound and feel like. The book includes simple hand-drawn images (thus the title Lean Leadership on a Napkin) to facilitate and simplify basic concepts as if a real dialogue was occurring in an informal setting. It assumes that the executives have a little or no previous knowledge of Lean methodologies or Lean Leadership but have awakened to the possibility of their promise to grow themselves and their enterprises dramatically. Most executives have little time for extensive reading or patience with "sales" presentations. Those same leaders will therefore appreciate the simple, uncluttered, and, above all, objective summary this book provides. The book breaks down the process of transforming the organization around Lean principles into three component transformational phases or steps, namely, Introduction, Integration, and Internalization (i.e., the I-3 strategy). Each phase includes critical factors to understand, do, and share as well as deep reflection questions to help leaders decide on an appropriate path forward for themselves as leaders and for their organizations. While the Integration and Internalization steps are introduced here, the primary focus of this work is on those critical issues arising in the early, Introduction, step. A unique advantage of this book is that it braids together four critical elements of success-Lean concepts/methodology, culture change, leadership, and business performance. Essentially, the reader will obtain a broad, basic, and solid understanding and leadership foundation about Lean, the leader's unique role in transformation, and confidence to make appropriate decisions about the how and if to proceed. In addition, it will offer a path forward by providing the reader with abundant resources and consulting support for those seeking to launch a Lean transformation.

Free to Fail - Creative Destruction Revisited (Hardcover): Hugh van der Mandele, Arjen C. van Witteloostuijn Free to Fail - Creative Destruction Revisited (Hardcover)
Hugh van der Mandele, Arjen C. van Witteloostuijn
R2,223 Discovery Miles 22 230 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This challenging book tackles one of the most fundamental questions in economics: Why are commercial organizations more efficient than organizations in the public domain? It is generally accepted that the traditional answer (the fact that commercial organizations maximize profits) does not necessarily hold true. Finding a solution to this anomaly, as this book attempts to do, should therefore be a prime concern in economics. The authors believe the answer lies in the fact that even in a completely stable environment, all organizations will eventually fail irreparably. Organizations operating in the market are more efficient because, once in decline, they are 'free to fail' and allowed to be disassembled or even replaced. Public organizations that fail are more often than not protected and allowed to continue even though their efficiency is questionable. This fascinating and thought-provoking book will provide a stimulating read for academics and students with an interest in economics, business and management and public policy. Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Key Concepts 3. The Historic Debate 4. Profit Maximization is Only Part of the Answer 5. Organizational Mortality and its Fruits 6. Causes of Organizational Failure 7. Uncontrollability 8. Empirical Evidence 9. The Soft Constraint Syndrome 10. When Left to its Own Devices 11. Necrosis and Apoptosis 12. Why Public Organizations? Appendix: The Dutch Affair or the Destructive Power of Organizational Warfare References Index

How Standards Rule the World - The Construction of a Global Control Regime (Hardcover): Ingrid Gustafsson How Standards Rule the World - The Construction of a Global Control Regime (Hardcover)
Ingrid Gustafsson
R1,911 Discovery Miles 19 110 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

We live in a world ruled by standards. From toys and computers to corporate social responsibility, from the drycleaner in Nairobi to the Swedish radiation safety authority - international standards specify almost all aspects of society. This book questions how this is made possible. Standards need support in order to work and Ingrid Gustafsson explores how a control regime built on standards, certifications and accreditations can emerge over time and grow global. The global control regime is nurtured mainly by the questions connected to globalization: how can we trust things from other parts of the world? While resting on buzzwords such as 'trust' and 'confidence', the global control regime leaves us with a faceless bureaucratic system with no name and no one in charge. This has severe consequences for responsibility: if no one is in charge, then no one is to be held accountable for how standards rule the world. This is particularly pertinent because the author shows how states are embedded in standards to a much higher degree than previous research has shown. Offering in depth analysis, this book will be enjoyed by scholars and researchers of organizational theory, global governance and public administration.

People, Risk, and Security - How to prevent your greatest asset from becoming your greatest liability (Hardcover, 1st ed.... People, Risk, and Security - How to prevent your greatest asset from becoming your greatest liability (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Lance Wright
R778 Discovery Miles 7 780 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Lance Wright shows why business in the 21st century requires a new understanding of the intersection of risk, security, and human resource management. He argues that these areas should no longer be considered separate processes, handled by technical specialists with limited spheres of expertise. People, risk and security management should be treated as a critically important integrated business management system. People may be your greatest asset - but they can also be your biggest liability. They expose you to all sorts of risks - risks from things they can do (or fail to do) and from things that can be done to them. No matter how tight a risk and security management policy may be in theory, it can fail on its first contact with reality if it doesn't understand the people involved. Wright understands people, risk and security like few others. For years he was in charge people management for leading oil companies - getting people into and out of some of the most dangerous and hostile work environments on the planet - and keeping them safe while they were there. Then he was responsible for a private army, literally licenced to kill, guarding nuclear submarines that were being decommissioned as part of the Megatons to Megawatts program. Risk is more than a set of formulas. Security is more than guns, gates, and badges. Both ultimately come down to the people you are responsible for. One day, the depth of your understanding of that connection may what stands between you and disaster.

Handbook of Organizational Politics - SECOND EDITION Looking Back and to the Future (Paperback, 2nd edition): Eran... Handbook of Organizational Politics - SECOND EDITION Looking Back and to the Future (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Eran Vigoda-Gadot, Amos Drory
R1,056 Discovery Miles 10 560 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Handbook of Organizational Politics offers a broad perspective on the intriguing phenomena of power, influence and politics in the modern workplace; their meaning for individuals, groups and other organizational stakeholders; and their effect on organizational outcomes and performances. Comprising entirely of new chapters and insights, this second edition revisits the theory on organizational politics (OP) and examines its progress and changes in emphasis in recent years. This timely and informative book provides a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art studies on workplace politics based on experiences from around the world. The contributors highlight topics such as political skills, political will, politics and leadership, compensations, politics and performance, and politics and the learning climate. Students and scholars will benefit from the up-to-date collection of studies in the field of OP. This Handbook will also be of interest to practitioners and managers from public and private sectors looking for better explanations of internal processes in business. Contributors: S.L. Albrecht, G. Blickle, S.L. Bohle, D.A. Buchanan, M.R. Buckley, A. Capezio, A.M. Carnes, A. Drory, A.J. DuBrin, L. Eldor, B.P. Ellen III, G.R. Ferris, R. Frieder, J.N. Harris, S.E. Hill, J.D. Jacobs, I. Kapoutsis, E.M. Landells, L.P. Maher, G. Meisler, J.P. Meriac, M. Mizrahi, T.P. Munyon, K. Oerder, G.B. Schmidt, N. Schutte, H. Sibunruang, A.L.E. Thomas, D.R. Vashdi, E. Vigoda-Gadot, A. Wihler, D. Windsor

Syngineering: Building Agility into Any Organiza - A Do-It-Yourself Guide for Practitioners (Paperback): Richard Evan Thayer,... Syngineering: Building Agility into Any Organiza - A Do-It-Yourself Guide for Practitioners (Paperback)
Richard Evan Thayer, Monique Carnino
R467 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R79 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A New Comprehensive Framework for Building Agile Practices into Any Organization Regardless of Its Culture. In the disruptive volatility and complexity of today's business world, yesterday's problem-solving is no longer adequate. Organizations must have agility: people and process capabilities that can respond quickly to shifts in the external world. Syngineering, the term the authors have coined for how to meet this challenge, combines the best aspects of human dynamics, organization design, and the applications of technology. It replaces expert problem-solving with 'design thinking' and several other agile practices where employees collaborate in questioning, experimenting, and learning what's needed as they develop meaningful and sustainable solutions. The book provides a framework and processes that can analyze the current environment and deliver the most effective design and change approach to fit the desired strategy and culture. Case studies from three different culture changes bring the methods to life. This practical and hands-on guide is for anyone working to improve organizational agility and performance. Gain agility, align and thrive.

Zconomy - How Gen Z Will Change the Future of Business--And What to Do about It (Standard format, CD): Jason R Dorsey, Denise... Zconomy - How Gen Z Will Change the Future of Business--And What to Do about It (Standard format, CD)
Jason R Dorsey, Denise Villa
R750 R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Save R192 (26%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Time to Think - Listening to Ignite the Human Mind (Paperback, Reissue): Nancy Kline Time to Think - Listening to Ignite the Human Mind (Paperback, Reissue)
Nancy Kline 3
R335 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R67 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Most people think they listen well, but they rarely do - not at this level. Listening this way is a radical act. The power of effective listening is recognised as the essential tool of good management. In this book, Nancy Kline describes how we can achieve this, and presents a step-by-step guide that can be used in any situation. Whether you want to have more productive meetings, solve business problems, create bold strategies, or build stronger relationships, this book offers you a new world of possibilities. From blue chip companies developing high-powered teams to individuals seeking personal growth, a Thinking Environment has come to mean transformation of the highest quality.

Elgar Introduction to Organizational Discourse Analysis (Paperback): Marco Berti Elgar Introduction to Organizational Discourse Analysis (Paperback)
Marco Berti
R766 Discovery Miles 7 660 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Our knowledge and understanding of organizations is both enabled and constrained by an invisible relationship of power that is embedded in the ways in which we act and speak. This book offers a succinct but comprehensive introduction to the vast field of organizational discourse analysis, the approach that studies organization as a linguistic phenomenon, and offers an original approach to investigate the relationship between materiality and discourse. Three original images of discourse are employed: discourse as a map, discourse as organizing and discourse as a mask. These metaphors are used as cognitive tools to highlight different implications and perspectives on discourse. The book critically compares and contrasts various linguistic-focused approaches to the study of organizations, and proposes the use of linguistic phenomena in connection with other methodologies. One section even offers an exemplification of the proposed approach to discourse analysis, presenting a map of discursive terrain, which plays a central role in the reproduction of local organizational and management discourses. This rich and approachable introduction is targeted at graduate and doctoral students, as well as non-specialist academics who want to familiarize themselves with the organizational discourse debate.

Work Disrupted - Opportunity, Resilience, and Growth in the Accelerated Future of Work (Hardcover): Jeff Schwartz, Suzanne Riss Work Disrupted - Opportunity, Resilience, and Growth in the Accelerated Future of Work (Hardcover)
Jeff Schwartz, Suzanne Riss; Illustrated by Tom Fishburne
R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

If you only read one book on the future of work, Work Disrupted: Opportunity, Resilience, and Growth in the Accelerated Future of Work should be that book. The future of work swept in sooner than expected, accelerated by Covid-19, creating an urgent need for new maps, new mindsets, new strategies-- and most importantly, a trusted guide to take us on this journey. That guide is Jeff Schwartz. A founding partner of Deloitte Consulting's Future of Work practice, Schwartz brings clarity, humor, wisdom, and practical advice to the future of work, a topic surrounded by misinformation, fear, and confusion. With a fundamental belief in the power of human innovation and creativity, Schwartz presents the key issues, critical choices, and potential pitfalls that must be on everyone's radar. If you're anxious about robots taking away your job in the future, you will take comfort in the realistic perspective, fact-based insights, and practical steps Schwartz offers. If you're not sure where to even begin to prepare, follow his level-headed advice and easy-to-follow action plans. If you're a business leader caught between keeping up, while also being thoughtful about the next moves, you will appreciate the playbook directed at you. If you're wondering how Covid-19 will change how and where you will work, Work Disrupted has you covered. Written in a conversational style by Schwartz, with Suzanne Riss, an award-winning journalist and book author, Work Disrupted offers a welcome alternative to books on the topic that lack a broad perspective or dwell on the problems rather than offer solutions. Timely and insightful, the book includes the impact of Covid-19 on our present and future work. Interviews with leading thinkers on the future of work offer additional perspectives and guidance.Cartoons created for the book by leading business illustrator Tom Fishburne bring to life the reader's journey and the complex issues surrounding the topic. Told from the perspective of an economist, management advisor, and social commentator, Work Disrupted offers hope--and practical advice--exploring such topics as: How we frame what lies ahead is a critical navigational tool. Discover the signposts that can serve as practical guides for individuals who have families to support, mortgages to pay, and want to stay gainfully employed no matter what the future holds. The importance of recognizing the rapidly evolving opportunities in front of us. Learn how to build resilience--in careers, organizations, and leaders--for what lies ahead. Why exploring new mental models helps us discover the steps we need to take to thrive. Individuals can decide how to protect their livelihood while businesses and public institutions can consider how they can lead and support workforces to thrive in twenty-first-century careers and work. "Jeff's marvelous book is a roadmap for the new world of work with clear signposts. His insights will help readers discover opportunities, take action, and find hope in uncertain times. The ideas are fresh, beautifully crafted, and immediately applicable. This is not only a book to be read, but savored and used." --Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Partner, the RBL Group; Co-author Reinventing the Organization

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - 30th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover, 30th Anniversary ed.): Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - 30th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover, 30th Anniversary ed.)
Stephen R. Covey; Contributions by Sean Covey; Foreword by Jim Collins
R652 R550 Discovery Miles 5 500 Save R102 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Handbook of Longitudinal Research Methods in Organisation and Business Studies (Paperback): Melanie E. Hassett, Eriikka... Handbook of Longitudinal Research Methods in Organisation and Business Studies (Paperback)
Melanie E. Hassett, Eriikka Paavilainen-Mantymaki
R1,052 Discovery Miles 10 520 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This Handbook is a very timely contribution to organization and business studies. Most calls for longitudinal research are made in sections of published work that deal with limitations of the study or suggestions for further research. This book places longitudinal research methods at center stage. With its practical, hands-on approach it guides us how to design a longitudinal study in and around organizations - whether qualitative or quantitative - and how to implement it. I warmly recommend this Handbook to ambitious senior and junior researchers. It makes the commonly presented excuses for not undertaking longitudinal research completely redundant.' - Rebecca Piekkari, Aalto University, School of Business in Helsinki, Finland'This is a very timely book that fills an important gap in the field of research methods. So far very little attention has been paid to longitudinal research methods, while the usefulness of this type of research has often been discussed in many papers and conferences. Insights provided by scholars who have been doing this type of research provide useful guidelines for anyone interested in research methods from senior scholars to young researchers and PhD candidates. This volume will serve as an excellent complement to the existing range of books on research methods.' - Pervez Ghauri, King's College London, UK This innovative Handbook demonstrates that there is no single best approach to conducting longitudinal studies. At their best, longitudinal research designs yield rich, contextualized, multilevel and deep understanding of the studied phenomenon. The lack of resources in terms of time, funding and people can pose a serious challenge to conducting longitudinal research. This book tackles many of these challenges and discusses the role of longitudinal research programmes in overcoming such obstacles. This book shows how longitudinal research methods enable the understanding of dynamics, mechanisms, causalities and interrelationships of organizational and business concepts in context and in relation to time. It discusses the richness and versatility of longitudinal research and offers, to students and experienced scholars alike, numerous viewpoints, reflections and personal accounts about conducting longitudinal research, from planning and fieldwork to reporting and managing of research projects. Contributors: L. Aarikka-Stenroos, E.A. Alfoldi, P. Dawson, P. Eriksson, A. Halinen, M.E. Hassett, R. Hoy, T.D. Little, T. Mainela, C. Mari, O. Meglio, M.-J. Oesterle, E. Paavilainen-Mantymaki, Y. Ploudre, M. Rhemtulla, H.N. Richta, M.A. Sartor, J.P. Selig, T.W. Taris, Z. Vincze, C. Welch

The Golden Thread - How consistent culture creates purposeful people and high performance (Paperback): Leanne Hamley The Golden Thread - How consistent culture creates purposeful people and high performance (Paperback)
Leanne Hamley
R362 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R54 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Golden Thread is a blueprint for authentic organizational culture: what it is, what it isn't, why it matters, and how to build it. If you are passionate about creating an environment where people thrive, you'll understand the value of real engagement and values alignment. But how do you make it happen? Consciously or not, company culture runs like a golden thread through any organization, and where it is not thoughtfully nurtured it unravels - leaving a toxic environment filled with bureaucracy, politics and poor mental health. The Golden Thread guides business leaders through this concept - exploring cultural diagnostics and revealing what they really mean. This book will show you how to design and develop your own target culture, one that is right for your people and business. It then takes you step by step through the employee lifecycle, helping you to weave your new cultural and values through everything to build a happy, healthy, high performing organization. Leanne Hamley is an experienced leader and business coach specializing in behavioural change, leadership development and organizational culture.

Seven Essentials for Business Success - Lessons from Legendary Professors (Paperback): George Siedel Seven Essentials for Business Success - Lessons from Legendary Professors (Paperback)
George Siedel
R817 Discovery Miles 8 170 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Successful leaders are great teachers, and successful teachers serve as models of leadership. This book enables both leaders and teachers to understand and use the best practices developed by award-winning professors, each of whom teaches one of the seven areas that are essential for business success. These professors candidly discuss their successes and failures in the classroom, the mentors who inspired them, how they developed their teaching methods, and their rigorous preparation for class. Through descriptions of the professors in action, readers will gain an insider's perspective on their teaching skills, and witness how they teach the seven essentials for success in a variety of settings-MBA, Executive MBA, and executive education courses. The chapters also describe the daily lives (professional and personal) of the professors, and the impact they have beyond the classroom in improving organizations and society. If you are a leader or teacher-or if you are interested in the content of a business school education-this book provides an insider's perspective on the best practices used by legendary professors when teaching the seven essentials that represent the core body of knowledge for business success.

Handbook of Intuition Research as Practice (Hardcover): Marta Sinclair Handbook of Intuition Research as Practice (Hardcover)
Marta Sinclair
R3,918 Discovery Miles 39 180 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

How can intuition research inform practice? As the use of intuition in business has become more widely accepted, companies struggle to understand how to use this additional resource efficiently, while corporate trainers and university educators lack tools to develop it as a skill. This truly international Handbook provides relevant answers with: chapters by academics and practitioners, written in a concise, digestible format to make it accessible to non-academic readers empirical studies from multiple industry/service sectors that demonstrate an integrated use of intuition and analysis in decision making studies from industry and education that demonstrate how to develop intuition, including a ground-breaking research in problem solving non-Western perspectives illustrated on case studies from Japan and China use of language protocols/methods to bring intuition into our awareness new research into group/collective intuition (based on language analysis and quantum physics) research related to sensing and sense making. Due to its focus on bridging theory and practice, the Handbook is of value not only to academics and organizational researchers but also to industry professionals, corporate trainers and university educators who search for answers on how to incorporate intuition into a common skill set. Accessible in style, it will also appeal to educated business readers. Contributors include: A. Antonietti, B.T. Bakken, A. Bas, D. Bscak, R.T. Bradley, H. Cairns-Lee, B. Colombo, V. Doerfler, M. Egorov, A.N. Gani, S. Germagnoli, J. Gibb, L.M. Gillin, M. Goller, M. Grant, A. Groessler, T. Haerem, C. Harteis, S. Henwood, P. Iannello, L. Isenman, K. Isomura, A. Kobayashi, G. Lufityanto, N. Meziani, F. Nilsson, A.-C. Nordvall, A. Pircher Verdorfer, J. Pretz, A. Price, M. Sinclair, G. Soosalu, B. Steffen, S. Streukens, S. Teerikangas, M. Turunen, L. Valikangas, A.C.R. van Riel, M. Wang, X. Wang, K. White, J. Woiceshyn, K. Zulkosky

An Autecological Theory of the Firm and its Environment (Hardcover): Colin Jones, Gimme Walter An Autecological Theory of the Firm and its Environment (Hardcover)
Colin Jones, Gimme Walter
R2,487 Discovery Miles 24 870 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The ecological study of firms has often been restricted by the approaches commonly used in organizational ecology. Uniquely, Colin Jones and Gimme Walter use autecology to explain the selective survival of all manner of firms that researchers, customers and resource providers encounter daily. It is the first work to unite views on the topic previously considered 'alternative', while remaining compatible with most theories of the firm. Autecology encourages researchers to contextualize ecological processes of firms, namely, their adaptive behaviors, the structure and dynamics of the environment, and their environmental interactions. This book emancipates the firm and its actors from a host of environmental assumptions that they are thought to share with others. In doing so, the authors explain how and why firms can and should be investigated on an ecological level. Drawing upon the historical and contemporary renaissance of autecological thought, this book elevates the ecological independence of the firm and its actors' agency to solve problems in its environment. This study provides the means to consolidate the ecological study of firms and, more broadly, other forms of ecological study beyond the domain of social studies. This book will appeal to organizational and managerial researchers, sociologists, and anthropologists, given the manner in which human agency is promoted in an ecological context. Researchers interested in critical realism will also find this an engaging work.

Useful Delusions - The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain (Hardcover): Shankar Vedantam, Bill Mesler Useful Delusions - The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain (Hardcover)
Shankar Vedantam, Bill Mesler
R571 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R93 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Everyone agrees that lies and self-deception can do terrible harm to our lives, to our communities and to the planet. But in Useful Delusions, host of Hidden Brain Shankar Vedantam argues that, paradoxically, deceiving ourselves and others can also play a vital role in human success and well-being. The lies we tell each other and the lies that we tell ourselves sustain our daily interactions with friends, lovers and co-workers. They explain why some people live longer than others, why some couples remain in love and others don't, why some nations and tribes hold together while others splinter. Filled with powerful personal stories and drawing on new insights in psychology, neuroscience and philosophy, Useful Delusions offers a fascinating tour of an upside-down world.

Igniting Movements - How Critical Factors and Special Ops Empower World Changers (Hardcover): Damon Friedman Igniting Movements - How Critical Factors and Special Ops Empower World Changers (Hardcover)
Damon Friedman
R511 R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Save R79 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Black Box of Governance - Boards of Directors Revealed by Those Who Inhabit Them (Paperback): Sandra Guerra The Black Box of Governance - Boards of Directors Revealed by Those Who Inhabit Them (Paperback)
Sandra Guerra
R1,054 Discovery Miles 10 540 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In the world of corporate governance, the board of directors is often viewed as the "black box" of companies: only the board members who are seated at the meeting table understand how this "decision-making machine" works. In this book, a board member with over 25 years' experience pulls off the lid and shows both how boards have worked and how they could work. This book is grounded in extensive research in three different surveys: one with more than 100 Brazilian directors, another with 340 board members from 40 countries, and a final one with 103 Brazilian directors serving on 238 boards. It also includes interviews with Ira Millstein, Sir Adrian Cadbury, Robert Monks and Mervyn King. The inner-workings of the board of directors are revealed: * What keeps directors awake at night * Obstacles to efficient decision-making * Behavioral dynamics, both within the board and in relation to the management * Pitfalls that arise from individual and group biases Based on these insights and the author's own consulting and board experience, the book presents a guide to behavioral tools enabling directors and executives to confidently navigate the boardroom, improving interactivity and the efficiency of the decision-making process. Intended for directors and executives who are directly involved in the board's activities, as well as for leaders responsible for strategy implementation, this book provides a behavioral compass for all those interacting with the "black box."

Human Resource Management for Organisational Change - Theoretical Formulations (Hardcover): Paritosh Mishra, Balvinder Shukla,... Human Resource Management for Organisational Change - Theoretical Formulations (Hardcover)
Paritosh Mishra, Balvinder Shukla, R. Sujatha
R1,193 Discovery Miles 11 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Change can take place in various forms, gradual or abrupt, incremental or transformational. It is a requirement in modern day society that everyone, whether at individual or organisational level, understands the softer nuances of this concept and prepares for it. During scenarios of change interventions, the role of human resources (HR) becomes highly crucial, even as the perception towards it becomes ambivalent. This volume delivers a holistic view on the role of HR in organisational change. It is built on the various theoretical models of change and provides a dramatic sequence of issues in change management to gain a big picture thinking for HR managers and weaves through why, how and what perspectives to change management. Human Resources Management for Organisational Change offers a comprehensive coverage of the changing role of HR as it relates to organisational change theories and models, strategy, changing business environment and implications, organisational culture, leadership, resistance management, and high performance work practices (HPWP) to support change management and cost of no-changers. It is unique in that it covers the entire gamut of organisational change as well as HR. It will be of value to researchers, academics, professionals, and students interested in learning more about how organisational change can improve productivity and human satisfaction as well as the systematic approach to managing organisational change.

Organizational Innovation - Theory, Research, and Direction (Hardcover): Fariborz Damanpour Organizational Innovation - Theory, Research, and Direction (Hardcover)
Fariborz Damanpour
R2,779 Discovery Miles 27 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This comprehensive book synthesizes research from the past 50 years of innovation studies, addressing the main elements and providing a connected perspective on innovation within organizations. It explores the generation and adoption of both technological and nontechnological innovations, offering a coherent and systematic view of the process. Fariborz Damanpour examines innovation activity and internal mechanisms and processes in both business and nonbusiness organizations, providing an overview of key concepts, terms, and theory. Insights from behavioral, economic, and structure-based perspectives are used to explain existing findings and help the reader navigate current research on the management of innovation, as well as offering ideas and frameworks to guide new studies. Organizational Innovation will be an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate-level students of management and organization studies, particularly those working on the management of innovation and technology. It will also prove useful to educators in the field as a reference work for students.

Coping with Excess - How Organizations, Communities and Individuals Manage Overflows (Paperback): Barbara Czarniawska, Orvar... Coping with Excess - How Organizations, Communities and Individuals Manage Overflows (Paperback)
Barbara Czarniawska, Orvar Loefgren
R774 Discovery Miles 7 740 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What does a stockbroker in Istanbul navigating the rush of incoming trading figures have in common with a mother in Stockholm trying to organize a growing pile of baby clothes? They are both coping with excess or overflow. This book explores the ways in which institutions, corporations and individuals define and manage situations of 'too much' - too much information, too many choices, too many commodities or too many tasks. By analyzing a wide range of settings - from corporate firms and public administration to everyday domestic routines - the book offers an in-depth understanding of the complexities of overflow phenomena. It questions when, where and why overflow emerges and for whom this is a problem or a blessing. This broad introduction to a striking contemporary phenomenon will prove an enlightening read for a wide-ranging audience including academics and researchers in the disciplines of business and management, political science, economic history and sociology. Contributors: H. Brembeck, F. Cochoy, H. Corvellec, B. Czarniawska, M. Czubaj, P. Donatella, K.M. Ekstroem, S. Fellman, O. Loefgren, L. Noren, M. Pantzar, A. Popp, E. Raviola, R. Solli, E. Tarim, J. Wentzer, R. Willim

The Climate Resilient Organization - Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change and Weather Extremes (Paperback): Martina K.... The Climate Resilient Organization - Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change and Weather Extremes (Paperback)
Martina K. Linnenluecke, Andrew Griffiths
R767 Discovery Miles 7 670 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Drawing together understandings from science and business around the increasingly important concept of resilience, this book provides managers, academics and practitioners with important ideas that will help business prepare for the future. It provides much needed detail on the challenges that climate change poses for organisations and makes essential reading for anyone interested in sustainable business.' - Suzanne Benn, University of Technology, Sydney, AustraliaClimate change has had a significant impact globally, predominantly for those vulnerable to its influence. The first book of its kind, The Climate Resilient Organization assesses the issues that have mounted for decision-makers in the field, while providing strategies to tackle them. With a particular focus on building climate-resilient pathways for private sector organizations, the expert authors offer practical tools and decision-making criteria for evaluating adaptation needs, costs and benefits. Split into two parts, this book begins with an analysis of the subject on a global scale; it continues by translating the science surrounding it while presenting it in a manner suited to local decision-makers. Sustainability and climate adaptation scholars as well as managers will equally find this book to be an insightful read. Government officers and risk management professionals will also find the topics discussed beneficial to their work.

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