Contemporary Issues in Management

Contemporary Issues in Management


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783470013
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 08/14/2014
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Edited by Lindsay Hamilton, formerly Keele University, UK, Laura Mitchell, Independent Scholar and Consultant and Anita Mangan, Bristol University, UK

Table of Contents



1. The Corruption of Business: A Statement of a Contemporary Problem

Gordon Pearson

2. Ambiguity as Organisational Practice: An American Pragmatist Perspective

Mihaela Kelemen

3. Dignity and Meaningful Work in Organisations

Laura Mitchell

4. Is Paternalism Still Relevant? Changing Culture in a Mutual UK Insurance Company

Darren McCabe and David Knights

5. Youth Employment, Masculinity and Policy

Teresa Oultram

6. Hard Work, Productivity and the Management of the Farmed Environment in Anthropological Perspective

Steven B. Emery

7. Disjointed, Degraded and Divided? A Tale of Dirty Work at the Chicken Factory

Lindsay Hamilton and Darren McCabe

8. Migration into the United Kingdom: Employers and the Function of Migrant Labour

Steve French

9. Interpreting Technology: Telework and the Myth of Liberation

Emma Surman

10. Media as Mediation: Uncertainty and Representation in the Construction of News

Barry Schofield

11. Care of the Underdog: Animals, Culture and the Creation of Moral Certainty in the Rescue Shelter

Nik Taylor and Lindsay Hamilton

12. Where Are the Alternative Organisations in Organisational Behaviour Textbooks?

Anita Mangan


Phil Johnson



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