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This thoroughly revised second edition presents up-to-date analysis from various academic streams and disciplines that illuminate our understanding of employee voice from a range of different perspectives. This wide-ranging Handbook demonstrates that research on employee voice has gone beyond union and non-union voices to build a wider and deeper knowledge base. Exploring the previously under-represented paradigm of the organizational behaviour approach, new chapters take account of a broader conceptualization of employee voice. Written by expert contributors, this Handbook explores the meaning and impact of employee voice for various stakeholders and considers the ways in which these actors engage with voice processes such as collective bargaining, individual processes, mutual gains, task-based voice and grievance procedures. This comprehensive Handbook will enable the reader to engage with the debates surrounding employee voice and help to extend our overall understanding of what goes on in workplaces at the heart of modern economies. This second edition of the Handbook of Research on Employee Voice will be a vital resource for academics and students researching human resource management, organizational behaviour and employment relations, while its forward-thinking approach will also appeal to policy makers, employers and union officials. Contributors include: M.M.C. Allen, A.C. Avgar, A. Barnes, M. Barry, C. Benassi, J. Benders, C.T. Brinsfield, A. Bryson, J.W. Budd, C. Casey, J. Chan, S. Chillas, N. Cullinane, T. Dobbins, V. Doellgast, J. Donaghey, T. Dundon, M. Edwards, R. Freeman, R. Gomez, J.A. Gruman, B. Harley, J. Harmer, E. Heery, P. Holland, J.A. Ingvaldsen, M. Irfan, S. Johnstone, S. Kaine, S. Kalfa, B.E. Kaufman, K. Kenny, B. Klaas, T. Kretschmer, D. Lewin, A.A. Luchak, M.M. Lucio, C. MacMillan, A. Marks, M.G. Menendez, P. Mowbray, K.R. Murphy, W. Nienhuser, D. O Shea, G. Patmore, D.M. Pohler, S. Procter, A. Pyman, A.M. Saks, S. Sekwao, P. Strom, J. Syed, L. Thornthwaite, K. Townsend, W. Vandekerckhov, A. Wilkinson, S. Williams, P. Willman
With organizational environments becoming increasingly unstable, uncertain and equivocal, the concept of resilience has become increasingly significant for management studies and practice. Resilience connotes organizational, team and individual capacities to absorb external shocks and to learn from them, while simultaneously preparing for and responding to external jolts. This book pinpoints the essential aspects of managerial and organizational resilience and offers insights that stimulate critical thinking. As the concept of resilience is essentially made up of contrasting forces, the volume presents some innovative synthetic interpretation that allows a deeper comprehension of the phenomenon and provides managers and policy makers with a solid basis for taking their decisions. This book provides an accessible yet rigorous systematization of individual resilience, team resilience and organizational resilience. Rich with real-life concept illustrations and containing practice-oriented tools, reflection questions and exercises, it shows how resilience can be cultivated across levels of organizational aggregation: individuals, teams, organizations and communities. The authors distinguish individual and collective resilience from related constructs and shed light on the boundaries of resilience and its potential implications for management practice. Elgar Introduction to Theories of Organizational Resilience will serve as a key resource for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students as well as academics and practitioners who are interested in deepening their understanding of resilience.
Explore why -- now more than ever -- the world is in a race to become data-driven, and how you can learn from examples of data-driven leadership in an Age of Disruption, Big Data, and AI In Fail Fast, Learn Faster: Lessons in Data-Driven Leadership in an Age of Disruption, Big Data, and AI, Fortune 1000 strategic advisor, noted author, and distinguished thought leader Randy Bean tells the story of the rise of Big Data and its business impact - its disruptive power, the cultural challenges to becoming data-driven, the importance of data ethics, and the future of data-driven AI. The book looks at the impact of Big Data during a period of explosive information growth, technology advancement, emergence of the Internet and social media, and challenges to accepted notions of data, science, and facts, and asks what it means to become data-driven. Fail Fast, Learn Faster includes discussions of: The emergence of Big Data and why organizations must become data-driven to survive Why becoming data-driven forces companies to think different about their business The state of data in the corporate world today, and the principal challenges Why companies must develop a true data culture if they expect to change Examples of companies that are demonstrating data-driven leadership and what we can learn from them Why companies must learn to fail fast and learn faster to compete in the years ahead How the Chief Data Officer has been established as a new corporate profession Written for CEOs and Corporate Board Directors, data professional and practitioners at all organizational levels, university executive programs and students entering the data profession, and general readers seeking to understand the Information Age and why data, science, and facts matter in the world in which we live, Fail Fast, Learn Faster p;is essential reading that delivers an urgent message for the business leaders of today and of the future.
Organisations are essentially social entities whose effectiveness depends on the contribution and affective commitment of people. Successful organisations do not develop by chance, but are rather the result of carefully planned interventions into their structure, leadership and management orientations, culture, processes and behaviours. Organisational behaviour: a contemporary South African perspective provides a solid and scientific foundation for understanding, predicting, evaluating and managing individual and group behaviour in organisations. Organisational behaviour explores the expectations that organisations and employees have of each other. It addresses contemporary issues related to business ethics, systems psychodynamics, engagement, performance excellence, changing communication technology, transformational and authentic leadership, diversity and globalisation. It contains encounters, discussion questions, practical exercises and case studies to stimulate self-study, debate and reflective thinking. Updated lecturer support material is also available. Organisational behaviour is aimed at aspiring as well as established managers and business owners, irrespective of their field.
From Millennials With Love is a collection of personal stories about how young professionals around the globe see an experience work. Those stories touch on topics such as the challenges and opportunities of starting to work at a time of important economic turmoil, what we wish, as young professionals, to get from our work, our manager, our CEO and organisation; how do we think about what is means to work, or how do we envisage the world of work evolving tomorrow. We do not pretend to give any general truths, but rather personal perspectives. Those narratives are very much grounded in experience. Our hope is that, in sharing our stories, we may open-up a conversation and help the advancement of our collective thinking about the world of work today.
This book is for upper-level students, managers and academics who are interested in exploring the 'messy reality' of the contemporary workplace and in considering how things might be done differently. In particular, it offers a critical perspective on organisational behaviour and the sociology of work. By challenging common sense ideas about management, this textbook offers an up-to-date view of the complex problems and dilemmas facing managers and workers in the contemporary world. Providing a fresh analysis and overview of several core themes, the chapters focus on applied ethics, social issues, diversity, continuity and change. Theoretical reflections are combined with detailed ethnographic studies to offer both breadth and depth. Individual chapters present studies on issues as diverse as teleworking, apprentices, paternalism, migration, animal charities, factory work and farm work. Underpinning all of these studies is a sense that the world of work could be a better place and that students, practitioners and tutors all have an obligation to question the assumptions in business and management. Key features include: * Original in-depth qualitative cases * Critical approach * Non-standard work situations * Presents lived experience rather than 'model' or 'idealised' problems * Focus on context, understanding and interpretation of complex situations * Examples of a variety of management practice * Discussion of management issues in wider philosophical and political context Contemporary Issues in Management would be suitable for those studying organisational behaviour, management, ethnography and sociology of work. The book will also be of interest to the general reader with an interest in developing a broader awareness of contemporary management.
Complexity Unravelled examines how change agents in different regions of the world initiate change within the public, private and voluntary sectors. The chapters illustrate different types of change interventions and challenge main stream approaches to strategic implementation and turnaround efforts. A uniting perspective is the ongoing reflections of the change agents and their practice in relation to evaluating and continually improving their style, methods and tools. What can you learn from these personal journeys? A comfortable and safe environment for open communication and information sharing A straight line is not always the shortest route Find drivers for change in the most unlikely places Achieve collective action and a common identity in a disparate environment Temper a target-oriented approach with inclusive methods to achieve greater success Dare to enable bottom-up change leadership Raise our inner consciousness to become better change leaders
The psychological dimension of managing risk is of crucial importance, and its study has led to the identification of specific do's and don'ts. Those with an understanding of the psychology underlying risk and the skills to recognize its manifestation in practice, have the opportunity to develop frameworks that embody the do's and don'ts, thereby producing sound judgments and good decisions. Those lacking the understanding and the skills are destined to be more hit and miss in their approach to risk management, doing the don'ts and not doing the do's. Virtually every major risk management catastrophe in the last fifteen years has psychological pitfalls at its root. The list of catastrophes includes the 2008 bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and subsequent global financial crisis, the 2010 explosion at BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico and the 2011 nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. A critical lesson from psychological studies for those involved in risk management is that people's judgments and decisions about risk vary with type of circumstance. In Behavioral Risk Management readers will learn that there are specific actions that organizations can undertake to incorporate understanding, recognition, and behavioral interventions into the practice of risk management. There are many examples throughout the book that illustrate doing the don'ts. The chapters in the first part of the book introduce the main ideas, and the chapters in the latter part provide insight into how to apply those ideas to the practical world in which risk managers operate.
Revised and extended for its second edition, Contemporary Issues in Management provides a unique up-to-date view of the 'messy reality' of the complex management dilemmas facing workers and managers in the business environment today. Using a critical approach, the contributors offer original perspectives on organisational behaviour and the sociology of work. Presenting business case studies and analysis, this textbook covers a broad range of key themes, including ethical and social issues, diversity, migration, continuity and change. Chapters present research studies into diverse areas, from teleworking to apprenticeships, food production, volunteering and factory working. This fully updated second edition provides: * Discussions of management issues in their wider philosophical and political contexts to allow students to have a broader understanding and interpretation of how management affects complex real-life situations * Original and in-depth qualitative case studies present lived experience rather than abstract 'model' or 'idealised' problems for the successful application of theory * Examples of a wide range of management practices gives students the necessary knowledge for a globalised perspective on work and business * A critical approach to the topic, to develop students' analytical skills to recognise problems, and suggest suitable solutions * Questions and further reading sections for use in teaching and self study. This textbook is an invaluable guide for those studying organisational behaviour and business management, as well as the sociology and ethnography of work and workplaces.
How do you come up with ideas that change the world? ________________ This bold and inspiring new book argues that everyone who made leaps of creative genius - whether to cure Ebola or circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon - had one thing in common; they all thought like ALIENs. Distilling over a decade of research into a fascinating journey through history, science and business, Bouquet, Barsoux and Wade reveal that there are five patterns of thinking that distinguish true innovators from the rest of us; Attention, Levitation, Imagination, Experimentation and Navigation. But, crucially, they show how utilising this model will help you solve any complex problem and come up with ground-breaking ideas of your own. ________________ 'Stuck in innovation stagnation? Read this brilliant book, and you'll break free from it' Rolf Dobelli, author of the million-copy bestseller The Art of Thinking Clearly 'A sharp critique of the conventional wisdom around innovation with thought-provoking advice for how to do it better' Jake Knaap, New York Times-bestselling author of Sprint
How and to what extent do decisions affect business performance? Despite years of study by academic researchers and industry practitioners, there still remains a need to draw a clear and established connection between decision making and performance. By closely examining consequential business decisions made by key executives, this book offers a better understanding of business performance and recommendations for improved business practices. Through the use of case studies and interviews with business leaders based on 17 theorized measures of performance, this breakthrough study not only clarifies the impact of decisions on business performance, but also defines and distinguishes decisions that lead to successful and unsuccessful performance. Recommendations are made to optimize decision making for businesses of all sizes and projections about the future of decision making and performance are provided. This book can be used both as a reference source for academic researchers and students seeking further research on the subject, and as a practical guide for leaders and business professionals seeking advancement and better decision making within the industry.
Acclaim for the first edition:'A tour-de-force of trust research methodologies, from survey methods to critical incidents to hermeneutics... will prove invaluable to trust researchers of every stripe.' - Aks Zaheer, University of Minnesota 'This book fills an important gap. The burgeoning field of trust research has employed a wide variety of definitions and methods, but until the appearance of this Handbook there was no comprehensive overview of them. Its contributions, many written by leading international experts, cover conceptual issues as well as qualitative and quantitative methods. The editors are all working at the frontiers of trust research and in this Handbook they have compiled an indispensable source of reference for years to come.' - John Child, University of Birmingham, UK 'This is the right book at the right time. Central to the advancement of research on trust is the need to address a host of methodological, empirical, and analytical challenges. This Handbook provides a vital resource for doing so and holds the promise of infusing the literature with novel and enhanced approaches for studying and understanding trust. Researchers new to the field as well as established experts will find a wealth of insights contained herein.' - Bill McEvily, University of Toronto, Canada Drawing together a wealth of research methods knowledge gained by trust researchers into one essential volume, this book provides an authoritative in-depth consideration of quantitative and qualitative methods for empirical study of trust in the social sciences. This second edition of the Handbook of Research Methods on Trust provides a fully updated and extended account of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods for empirical research. While many researchers have already drawn inspiration and insight from the previous edition, the dynamic development of trust research calls for further and deeper engagement with methodological issues, particular methods, practical research experience, and current challenges and innovations as offered by this new edition. Identifying innovative methods for researching trust, this important handbook will prove invaluable for students and academics in the social sciences who are interested in trust, particularly postgraduates planning empirical research on trust, undergraduates researching issues of trust, faculty teaching research-based courses on trust and related topics, and experienced trust researchers looking for reflection, discussion and inspiration. Contributors: S.J. Addison, N. Alex, M.J. Ashleigh, R. Bachmann, D. Barrera, K.M. Bijlsma-Frankema, M.C. Bligh, B.F. Blumberg, G. Breeman, C. Brinsfield, C. Burns, V. Buskens, J.S. Carroll, S.M. Conchie, D.L. Ferrin, D.E. Gibbons, N. Gillespie, C. Goodall, J.C. Kohles, R.M. Kramer, T.M. Kuhlmann, A. Langley, V. Le Gall, R.J. Lewicki, E. Meyer, M. Muethel, R. Munscher, B. Nooteboom, J.M. Peiro, A. Pentland, R.L. Priem, W. Raub, R.A. Roe, D.M. Rousseau, R.H. Searle, M. Tillmar, E.M. Uslaner, B. Waber, A.A. Weibel, F. Welter, M. Williams, R. Zolin
The origins of organizing are conventionally seen as emerging from the historiographical works of Western social scientists in the early 20th century. Here, the authors address a gap in current literature by exploring previously unrecognized or marginalized global origins in both modern and ancient history. This innovative collection of original, research-based work covers a variety of historical epochs and theoretical streams from ancient civilizations to modern movements in philosophy and the social sciences. Among other topics, the chapters evaluate ideas of organizing by Quakers, 16th-century Jesuits and communities in the Roman Empire and ancient China. The authors creatively and insightfully engage with the historiography and philosophy of organizing, presenting alternatives to the dominant Western-focused development of organizational theory and practice. Origins of Organizing is significant in expanding the field of organizational theory to incorporate key examples that move away from mainstream and traditional perspectives. It will serve as a complementary text for graduate students in the fields of organization theory, management history and critical management studies. Contributors include: J. Bento da Silva, C. Bettin, M. Brigham, G. Burrell, P. Case, B. Czarniawska, W. Dai, H. Gaggiotti, I. Iordanou, D. Kavanagh, M. Kostera, P. Krzyworzeka, A.J. Mills, T. Peltonen
Build a cohesive and high-performing virtual team with this fantastic resource full of actionable advice and practical tips Engaging Virtual Meetings: Openers, Games, and Activities for Communication, Morale, and Trust offers concrete strategies and practical tips for bringing teams together across the digital divide. While many struggle to build teams in a virtual environment, accomplished author John Chen has found ways to create team cohesion, promote engagement, and increase virtual participation. In Engaging Virtual Meetings, he shares these methods with you, and also: Describes virtual tools for promoting effective teamwork, like the Participant Map Teaches you to optimize your teleconference setup for ideal audio and video Illustrates ways to apply these methods in any virtual environment, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and more Explores how to debrief your participants to improve your methods over time Perfect for anyone working in or with the increasingly prevalent virtual environment, Engaging Virtual Meetings is a great addition to the bookshelves of anyone interested in how to create and build engagement in team settings of all kinds.
The face of America is changing. The workforce of the 21st century will include growing numbers of women and people of color. American corporations and other organizations must develop new management skills if they are to remain competitive in the new environment. This collection of the most-requested articles from the quarterly journal The Diversity Factor, provides both theoretical and practical information that will help organizations learn to ``manage diversity successfully. Consultants and academicians describe processes that are being used to knock down organizational barriers that prevent the new employees from achieving their full potential, while managers and executives demonstrate how these processes are being implemented in their organizations. The Diversity Factor offers readers valuable information on every aspect of diversity including: Strategies for managing diversity in the workplace; Methods for building leadership skills; Discussions of the barriers managers face and how to overcome them.
This comprehensive Handbook sets out the nature and scope of International Human Resource Development (IHRD) to advance our understanding of research and practice in the field. Drawing on expertise from a global team representing some of the field's most distinguished researchers, the Handbook explores a range of contextual, process and people development practice issues impacting IHRD research and practice. Focusing on IHRD as a distinct field of research and practice, the authors offer comprehensive coverage of a number of critical contextual dimensions that shape the IHRD goals that organisations pursue; impact the IHRD systems, policies and practices that are implemented; and influence the types of IHRD research questions that are investigated. The Handbook examines the processes or actions taken by organisations to globalise IHRD practices and discusses important people development practices that come within the scope of IHRD. By bringing together a variety of research strands and engaging in key debates while also acknowledging the emergent, dynamic and constantly evolving nature of the field, the authors of this Handbook have created an invaluable resource for academics, students, professionals and practitioners in IHRD, HRD, HRM, international management, organisational behaviour and leadership. Contributors: M. Alagaraja, H. Alhejji, V. Anderson, A. Ardichvili, E.E. Bennett, A. Bratton, R. Carbery, N. Clarke, N. D'Annuzio Green, T. Garavan, J. Gedro, K. Grant, C. Gubbins, M. Hammond, J. Kim, S. Kim, Y. Lai, A. McCarthy, A. McDonnell, R.R. McWhorter, H. Moon, C.T. Nolan, D. O'Shea, J. Pearson, V. Pereira, O. Pruetipibultham, W.E.A. Ruona, V. Shanahan, M. Sheehan, C. Valentin, J. Winterton
This is a terrific book. With English now established as the lingua franca of business, some might be tempted to assume that language isn't a big deal any more in the world of business. But the authors show how mistaken this assumption is. With a mix of careful of research and detailed examples, they show how language use in international firms influences the meaning of written documents, power relationships between people, and how individuals make sense of their corporate environment. Language becomes, in effect, a window on the entire set of challenges faced by an international firm, and this has profound implications for executives and researchers alike.' - Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School, UK'A comprehensive treatment of a key international business variable that we all too often take for granted. Language is and will remain a critical component of business performance in a global environment.' - Oded Shenkar, Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, US 'The authors' analysis of the multilingual reality of global business expansion is consistent with my experience as chairman of a global company. Although the book has been written by academics, the writing style is clear and direct, making it an accessible and enjoyable read for anyone in the business community who is interested in the way language impacts business performance. I am happy to recommend it.' - Antti Herlin, Board Chairman, KONE Corporation, Finland Language permeates every facet of international business in the 21st century. However, being aware of this multilingual reality is not enough. This book presents a case for recognizing and appreciating the importance of language, its multifaceted role and the range of effects it may have on internationalizing firms. Responding to the growing interest in the role of language in international business, this book presents language as a critical management challenge for the internationalizing firm. Several perspectives are explored, including the individual, the firm and the broader society in which language use is embedded. Empirical examples of language roles are identified through examining human resource management, international marketing and foreign operation modes and networks in business. Language in International Business reveals a fresh understanding of the complexity of the multilingual reality that internationalizing firms face. Students from undergraduate to PhD level studying international business and management, sociolinguistics or international business communication will benefit from the rich source of new research questions ascertained in this book. Business practitioners will find the book insightful, managerially-oriented, and easily accessible. Contents: 1. Language and Global Business Expansion 2. Translation 3. Confronting Language: The Individual in the Organisational Context 4. Language and International Management 5. Language and Networks 6. Language and Human Resource Management 7. Language and International Marketing 8. Language and Foreign Operation Modes 9. Language Strategy and Management 10. Conclusion Index
As the importance of corporate social responsibility grows, especially environmental responsibility, it is imperative to acknowledge the impact of the individual on a company's environmental performance. Given that individuals spend much of their day in the workplace, it is crucial to understand both their behaviours and the potential impact they can have on the company's environmental performance and the environment. Bringing together leading academics from various research fields, this Handbook examines the features and challenges within the area of employee pro-environmental behaviour. The Research Handbook on Employee Pro-Environmental Behaviour brings contributions that consolidate existing research in the field as well as adding new insights from organisational psychology, human resource management and social marketing. Drawing on studies from across the methodological spectrum, this Handbook covers a broad range of topics from the antecedents and consequences of employee pro-environmental behaviour to ways in which employers can encourage pro-environmental behaviour. This Handbook will be an invaluable tool for those engaged in research in employee environmental behaviour and sustainability. It will be especially useful for postgraduate students of environmental employee behaviour as well as environmental consultants and practitioners seeking to gain an understanding of employee behaviour. Contributors include: B. Asfar, N. Ashkanasy, W. Binney, M. Bissing-Olson, F. Bowen, P. Bradley, L. Brennan, J. Callewaert, Y.H. Cheung, C. Ciocirlan, M. Davis, S. Dilchert, C. Dutra, P. Endrejat, S. Fudge, B. Gatersleben, D. Gregory-Smith, A. Guntner, R. Hahn, S. Kauffeld, R. Klein, F. Klonek, M. Leach, A. Leung, S. Lockrey, D. Manika, R. Marans, N. Murtagh, T. Norton, D. Ones, F. Ostertag, P. Paille, S. Parker, A. Ruepert, S. Russell, I. Shah, A. Shahjahan, W. Staples, L. Steg, T. Tudor, D. Uzzell, C. Verfuerth, K. Verghese, V. Wells, B. Wiernik, L. Yang, H. Zacher
Professors Vinnicombe, Burke, Blake-Beard, and Moore have assembled an internationally and intellectually diverse cast of contributors to chronicle and examine the implications of the seismic shift in women's roles in the global workforce. Collectively, they make a strong case for why advancing women s careers is a key business as well as societal issue that must be addressed if the full potential of all societal members is to be tapped. This book belongs on the bookshelf of all scholars of gender and career issues as an essential reference.' - Gary N. Powell, University of Connecticut, US'This is an excellent book posing key questions about women and careers in leadership, such as why do women have less access to the top jobs. It presents research on women's experiences in leadership, discusses the barriers they face as well as initiatives to promote their career advancement. I can see this being a critical resource for those who research and teach women in management.' - Fiona Wilson, University of Glasgow, UK 'As more women take on highly visible leadership roles, such as CEO or C-suite executive, I am often asked whether there continues to be a need for research on women's career development. This book effectively answers the challenge behind that question by documenting the status of women in business and by marshaling empirical evidence of gender effects on careers. The chapters provide a rich, theoretically grounded overview of women's career development and action steps for accelerating the growth of women's representation in leadership.' - Alison M. Konrad, Western University, Canada Why is it that relatively few women achieve senior management positions despite their increasing levels of education and years of work experience? How can we change this? In a changing world where women have dominated as graduates from universities in the West, recent research has shown that the same trend is also strikingly evident in the newly emerging markets. Tapping into this female talent pool is extremely important and advancing women s careers has become a key business issue. This Handbook lays out a number of promising approaches. First the business case for doing so is presented. The challenges facing women are reviewed, followed by various programs that address particular needs such as mentoring, leadership development programs for women, work and family initiatives, and succession planning. Finally, case studies of award-winning organizational initiatives are described. The book identifies obstacles women face in career advancement and possible initiatives to address them. The work will be highly sought by scholars and doctoral students interested in women in organizations. Human resource managers and consultants will also find plenty of invaluable information in this resource. Contributors: D. Anderson, S.M. Barnett, S.A. Berry, G. Bhattacharya, D. Bilimoria, S. Blake-Beard, L. Brook, R.J. Burke, S. Caleo, S.D. Carter, S.S. Case, S. Dinolfo, E. Doldor, S.L. Fielden, K. Giscombe, J. Graham, A. Gupta, C.E.J. Hartel, G.F. Hartel, S.A. Haslam, R. Hawarden, M.E. Heilman, M.M. Hopkins, S.V. Horner, C.M. Hunt, M.M.S. Kats, S. Kumra, X. Liang, S. Mavin, L.L. Moore, J.T. Nadler, S.M. Nkomo, J.S. Nugent, A.J. Oetama-Paul, D.M. Ohse, D.A. O Neil, K. Peters, C. Quental, M.K. Ryan, R. Sealy, F. Sheridan, V. Srinivasan, M.S. Stockdale, N. Sultana, R. Sumner, J.M. Turell, A. Valenti, H. van Emmerik, S. Vinnicombe, J. Williams, W.M. Williams, A. Wittenberg-Cox
The textbook thoroughly covers the first-year business management syllabus. It provides a general introduction to the business environment in South Africa, then moves on to discuss general management principles such as leadership, motivation and control before focusing on management functions such as marketing, finance, operations management and purchasing and supply chain management. The book gives students a solid theoretical grounding using an accessible, practical approach. The book also makes use of features such as information boxes, case studies, critical thinking boxes and glossaries to engage students and facilitate application of learning. Less dense than the bestselling title Introduction to Business Management, Principles of Business Management is aimed specifically at first-year students at universities of technology. It is divided into four parts: Introduction to business management, management tasks, The functional areas of management, and entrepreneurship and the business plan. Features: critical thinking boxes prompt the student to think about issues or problems in the South African business world and offer solutions; information boxes including articles, examples and documents which create interest and relevance for the student; key terminology is highlighted in the text and explained in an end-of-chapter glossary and this provides the students with a useful checklist of terms learnt; case studies to aid understanding and also motivate students to learn; the case study concludes the chapter and allows practical application of the concepts therein.
Mental health issues, stress and chronic illness are the biggest causes of absence from work and loss of productivity in most Western economies. Research and public awareness of this epidemic of physical and mental ill-health among working age people is growing, but our understanding of its impact on company performance and productivity and possible solutions for the future is less advanced. The Healthy Workforce: Enhancing Wellbeing and Productivity in the Workers of the Future examines current challenges and future solutions to understand issues around how we can improve the health of today's and tomorrow's workforce. This book will look at why workforce health is such an important challenge for businesses, governments and for employees today and how this will increase in the future with an ageing workforce. Closely linked to the authors' exploration of health issues in the work context is a focus on the impact of worker health on direct and indirect productivity costs. This book offers practical guidance for professionals on getting started in the delivery of an effective and evidence-based workplace health plan which can enhance and sustain productivity growth in business now and for the future.
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