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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

Fourth Edition
  • Chris Grey - Royal Holloway University London, UK

November 2016 | 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

The Fourth Edition of Studying Organizations explains the unfolding consequences for organizations of the global financial and economic crisis, has been updated with examples from the biggest recent news events, and incorporates the latest research studies and up-to-date statistics.

Conceived by Chris Grey as an antidote to conventional textbooks, each book in the ‘Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap’ series takes a core area of the curriculum and turns it on its head by providing a critical and sophisticated overview of the key issues and debates in an informal, conversational and often humorous way.

Suitable for students of organizational studies and management, professionals working in organizations and anyone curious about the workings of organizations.

The accompanying regularly updated blog, read by thousands of people worldwide, keeps the book bang up to date:

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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

Grey’s book serves to transcend fragmented management theory and advance a tenable and valuable reorientation of the field.

Valerie Priscilla Goby
Journal of Management and Organization

Chris Grey has produced a book many of us have wanted to write for a long time, but have not had the guts to do.

Andreas Diedrich
Gothenburg University, Sweden

It helped open my eyes to the organizational world around me.

Kyle Parker
Undergraduate student in Business Studies, Massey University, New Zealand

I would like to thank you for such an interesting book that I couldn't put down.

Kate Sweeney
MPA student Liverpool University

This book has carved itself a permanent spot on my bookshelf as I ordered a fresh copy off Amazon after the library finally took their copy back.

Tim Hannigan
Masters student in Information Systems, London School of Economics and Political Science

Essential reading for any manager who knows there is no "one right answer."

Dr Aileen Lawless
Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University

Concise, exciting, critical and overall excellent.

Dr Daniel Valentine
School of Business, London School of Business and Finance

Very much enjoying reading "A Very Short...About Studying Organizations" - the chapter on Fast Capitalism and the End of Management seems particularly apposite at the moment. Very reflective of some of the themes I am teaching at the moment (and getting into arguments about!)

Hugh M. Davenport
Senior Lecturer - Field of Leadership & HRM University of Northampton

This is a book I keep coming back to - and is superbly written - and thought-provoking. What more can you ask?

Ronald G. Young

This book blew my little mind. In the way that going to grad school for education caused me to see the deep and complex inadequacies of the public school system, this book has caused me to question much of my received knowledge and beliefs about organizations and, more to the point, corporations. Chris Grey’s insightful analysis has unmoored me a bit and made me deeply worried about things that previously “seemed to me to be true".

Eryc Eyl

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