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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organizations

Fifth Edition (Updated Edition)
  • Chris Grey - Royal Holloway University London, UK

January 2022 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Indispensable and subversive' - Simon Caulkin, The Observer

'A highly entertaining polemic.... This slim volume more than lives up to its title' - Stefan Stern, Financial Times

Conceived by Chris Grey and written to get you thinking, the 'Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap’ series offers informal, conversational and critical overviews of popular areas of study.

Updated throughout with examples from the biggest global news events, including the Trump presidency, cost-cutting at Boeing, working conditions at Sports Direct and the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, the fifth edition explores contemporary developments in organizations.

This book is ideal for students of organizational studies, management professionals and anyone curious about the workings of organizations.

Chris Grey
 is Emeritus Professor of Organization Studies at the School of Business and Management at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Introduction: Why Studying Organizations Matters to Me
Chapter 1 Bureaucracy and Scientific Management
Chapter 2 Human Relations Theory and People Management
Chapter 3 Organizational Culture and Self-Management
Chapter 4 Post-Bureaucracy and Change Management
Chapter 5 The New Capitalism and the End of Management?
Conclusion: Why Should Studying Organizations Matter to You?

Indispensable and subversive. 

Simon Caulkin
The Observer

I wanted to write to you to tell you how much I appreciate your book - as evidenced by the coffee stains and frayed edges, it is a book I cannot live without and I will use it as I continue my education and into my career. 

Wanda V. Mitchell
The New School for Management and Urban Policy, New York

A highly entertaining polemic.... This slim volume more than lives up to its title. 

Stefan Stern
Financial Times

Grey...has important things to say and he says them with rigour, warmth and a great deal of intelligence...He informs the analysis with humour and humility. It is the most valuable management book I have ever read. 

Debora Campbell
Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine

Every page has something interesting to say, a great example, a sharp polemic, a superlative popularization, a thought-provoking eccentricity or a new take on something banal and tired. 

Yiannis Gabriel
Professor of Organizational Theory University of Bath

A highly readable, insightful and enjoyable up-to-the-minute text. 

Marta Calas and Linda Smircich
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Loved the book. I read it quickly. I will re-read it with a pencil in hand this time. 

Patrick Nadeau
Software Consultant

I've been waiting for someone to come along and write a book such as this one. 

Janne Tienari
Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

This is a racy read and rightly challenges the stuffy, often unreadable prose found in academic outlets. 

Royston Greenwood
University of Alberta, Canada

One of the most valuable and interesting books we have read during our MBA at Cardiff inspiration to us. 

Eleni Platitsa
MBA Student, Cardiff Business School

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