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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (Feb. 28 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405116579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405116572
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,721,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"John Child has done it again. This accessible and scholarly book brings the analysis of organizational forms where it belongs at the very centre of the fields of organization and strategy." Andrew Pettigrew, School of Management, University of Bath

“Professor John Child describes and analyzes clearly some of the important emerging forms of organization and management. The book offers valuable lessons and will appeal to MBA and students in general as well as executives of large and small organizations.” Marc Verstringhe, Chair, The Harry Hansen Research Fellowship Trust

"This is an outstanding contribution to literature from a world class academic, Professor John Child. His contribution to the field of organizational study is without parallel and this work is a monumental contribution to the global literature on organizational behavior." Cary L. Cooper CBE, Lancaster University

"This is more than a reiteration of Child's best-selling textbook. The new work represents a powerful re-statement of the 'design' approach to management in the context of today's fluid and indeterminate circumstances." Ray Loveridge, Said Business School, University of Oxford

"A key text which draws together many of John Child's landmark contributions to the field of Organization Studies. The additional new material in this book reflects an impressive level of scholarly breadth and depth, revealing John Child as a master of understanding complex organizations and processes of organizing." David C. Wilson, University of Warwick

"A lucid and comprehensive review of the theory and practice of organization written by one of the world's leading scholars in this field. John Child successfully combines a deep knowledge of organizational theory with acute appreciation of its relevance to modern organizations facing the challenges of the twenty-first century. It will be invaluable both as a text book for students and as a guide for those responsible for running organizations." Mark Easterby-Smith, Chair BritishAcademyof Management and Lancaster University

"This book provides a timely and important synthesis of new forms of organizing activities within and between organizations. Written by one of the foremost scholars, John Child captures the leading edge of scientific and practical knowledge about organizations and organizing. Moreover, Child provides wisdom in treating not only technical aspects of contemporary organizations, but also the ethical, social, and economic considerations in deciding on particular ways of organizing activities." Andrew H. Van de Ven, University of Minnesota

"Conventional, sluggish bureaucracies are being introduced to a new structural vocabulary--delayered authority structures, lateral integration, networks and alliances, boundary-crossing--as they attempt to respond to the challenge of globalization. Drawing on his wealth of scholarly research and consulting experience, John Child provides a lucid and engaging guide to this changing world of organizations." W. Richard Scott, Stanford University

“John Child’s new book, Organization: Contemporary principles and practices, builds upon Child's many years of experience as a scholar and teacher. Based on the assumption that organizations in the twenty-first century will confront very different conditions than those in previous eras, Child writes about the conditions facilitating the development of new organizational forms. Given his years of experience in China and in other international activities, Child has given the book a very intercontinental flavor. Examples come not only from the UK but also from other European nations, Asian nations, and North America. Its comprehensive review of effective management practices is accompanied by boxed cases that show the practices in action. The book will prove useful to graduate students in business schools, as well as managers in applied settings looking for a new perspective on the problems they face." Howard Aldrich, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Based on his early classic, Organization, John Child's new book provides a current, comprehensive guide to organizational management in today's world. Organization: Problems and Practice for Our Times sets out the key principles and practice for managing a competitive organization in the context of global competition, new information technologies, emerging markets, and new flexible working practices. The book draws attention to the exciting possibilities currently arising in organizations as the conditions for their survival change. Its analysis covers a broad range of topics, from flexibility and boundaries to trust and knowledge management. As in his previous title, Child addresses the issues in terms of how managers experience them. This sequel, however, is written in a more approachable style and features new international case studies illustrating the topics under discussion, including Dell Computers, Skandia Insurance, Cadbury, and ICI. In addition each chapter contains relevant diagrams and charts, summaries of key points, lists of practical guidelines, questions for discussion, and suggestions for further reading.

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Child puts into perspective the importance of sound organisational management through unbiased analyses of varied examples and styles. It made for an informative yet reader-friendly text, and the concepts were relatively easy to grasp. This is one to keep in my library!
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John Child wrote this book with the intention to make it extremely comprehensible.
I used it and got an 'A' grade for each assignment. It opens your mind and challenges your thinking, while bringing the information across in simplicity. Great book to own.
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So I was excited to get my book, am sitting in the class this morning and then boom the book unstick in my hand falling to the ground. I was totally embarrassed . I guess the book has been sitting there for so long.
HASH(0x9ff7f990) out of 5 stars It's ok as a textbook Dec 5 2013
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It's a good start to introduce the student to theory of organization. However, some improvements in the edition may be required and some subjects may need deeper coverage