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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management

Second Edition

March 2014 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Second Edition of Cunliffe's Management covers topics that are central to management, organizational behaviour or leadership courses, with updated international content referring to current issues such as the economic crisis and unemployment.

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 Business and Management at Undergraduate, Postgraduate and MBA levels and anyone intrigued by the field of Management studies.

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Chapter 1: Management, Management Studies and Managerialism
Chapter 2: Communication, Language and Relational Managers or 'That;s Not What I Said...'
Chapter 3: Who are Managers? Discourses of Identity-Work
Chapter 4: Managing Culture - Managing Hearts, Minds and Souls or...Obversion, Subversion and Diversion
Chapter 5: Managing Ethical and 'Just' Organizations
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‘The second edition of Ann Cunliffe’s excellent book is an even sharper introduction to the critical study of management.  It is again a thought-provoking and insightful take on the ethical issues facing managers in modern organizations. An important, intelligent yet readable book that students will love’

John Hassard
Manchester Business School

'Ann Cunliffe brings new life to the most thorny dilemmas of management. Beautifully matched to the historical moment, the second edition tackles complex philosophical ideas and ethical questions in prose even more accessible and practical. Its pivotal trio of managerial practice - relationship, reflection, and responsibility - will inspire managers, students and critics alike. A thin book that delivers a deep read, guiding us all to think and communicate in fresh ways bound to vastly improve organizational life.'

Karen Lee Ashcraft, Professor of Organizational Communication
University of Colorado

Excellent and well-written text

Mrs Angela Mazzetti
Business School, University of Teesside
August 11, 2016

It is too superficial for a postgraduate student who like to specialize in healthcare management

Professor Abdalla Ibrahim Shehata
Health Administration & behavioural sciences, High Institute of Public Health, University of Alexandria
January 13, 2016

An excellent book. Comprehensive, well-written and thought provoking.

Mrs Angela Mazzetti
Business School, University of Teesside
June 5, 2015

Very engaging and well-written. Ann Cunliffe is very well respected in the field, which is definitely a reason for selecting this book.

Mr Steve Courtney
Manchester Institute of Education, Manchester University
May 14, 2015

I always recommend this book (and others in the series) to my students. I really like the critical tone of the books, which suits our approach towards business subjects. The size and price is appealing to students, and the books provide a great alternative to a text book for a course overview.

Mrs Hazel Nendick
Management, Bristol University
April 20, 2015

An engaging, and challenging, text that enhances students' perspectives on Management.

Management , Autonomous University of Madrid
April 19, 2015

interesting book for those students who are interested in a more philosophical approach to management issues

Mr Loek Stolwijk
Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam
February 10, 2015

A brief but interesting book to introduce students to the concepts of management.

Mr Ian Embury
School of Culture and Lifestyle, Derby University
January 13, 2015

Content is updated both in terms of theory and practical examples.

Chapters 1 – 4 are substantially rewritten.

Chapter 1 is now split into 2 chapters, with a greater emphasis in Chapter 3 on managing as identity-work. And as a reflexive, relational and moral practice.

Chapter 2 on language has more examples and is rewritten to make complex but crucial ideas more accessible.

Chapter 4 is restructured around a critically-reflexive examination of the dark side of organization culture as a ‘cult’ and a more relational and responsive way of managing culture as communities of difference.

Chapter 5 is updated with current examples and rewritten to make complex ideas more accessible to students.

Chapter titles have been updated