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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Work Organisations

A Critical Approach

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9780230522220
Publication Date July 2009
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

A critical, in-depth, analytical analysis offering a distinctive perspective, this well respected, rigorous and authoritative text has been updated to include the latest international research and practice. The 4th edition includes new material on contemporary topics such as; performance management, emotional and aesthetic labour, resistance and misbehaviour at work, new developments in corporate structures and labour markets, and work life balance. There is a new chapter on knowledge and improved pedagogy, making it more student friendly, we have also developed a companion website to support both the student and lecturer.

Incorporating a wealth of empirical research this unique approach puts organisations in a socio-economic context, and covers psychological material, as well as broader issues, and provides students with a thorough understanding of the nature of work and organisations.

PAUL THOMPSON is Professor of Organizational Analysis and Head of the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde Business School, UK. In addition to many journal articles, Thompson has previously authored Democracy and Patricipation at Work, Palgrave; A Handbook of Work and Organisation, OUP; and the highly successful third edition of Work Organisations.

DAVID MCHUGH is a Senior Lecturer in the HRM& Leadership Division at the Lancashire Business School, part of the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements
Preface
PART I: KEY ISSUES IN WORK AND ORGANIZATION
Studying Organisations: An Introduction
The Emergence of Large Scale Organizations
Taylor, Weber and the Bureaucratisation of Production
Managing the Human Factor
Organisations and Environments
Culture, Companies and Countries in a Globalising Era
Management
Control and Resistance
Power in Organizations
Gender, Sexuality and Organizations
Corporations and Culture: Reinventing Organization Man?
PART II: CONTEMPORARY CHANGES IN WORKING LIFE
Introduction and Objectives
The Bigger Picture: Society, Economy and Organizations
Doing the Business: Hierarchies, Networks and the Governance of the Firm
Labour in the Market: Flexible Futures?
Work Systems and Divisions of Labour
Knowledge and its Management
Conclusions, Key Points and Further Reading for Part II
PART III: UNDERSTANDING ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR: ISSUES AND AGENDASIntroduction
Perception and Attitudes: Seeing What to Think
Personality: Masks for Tasks
Learning and Change
Motivation: The Drive for Satisfaction
Leadership: Might or Myth?
Putting the Pressure on: Stress, Work, Well Being and Emotion
From Groups to Teams
Identity and Identity Work
PART IV: THEORISING ORGANIZATIONS
Introduction and Objectives
Resources for Orthodoxy
Critical Alternatives
Theory, Knowledge and Practice
Further Reading to Part IV
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index.

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I adopt Thompson& McHugh as a core text because of its breadth of coverage and the subject area, its critical stance and challenging intellectual content. Thompson& McHugh is not simply a textbook, it is an innovative discussion and analysis of the major theories, concepts ad issues that arise in OB and HRM' - Mark Rix, Sydney Business School, University of Woollongong, Australia
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