Below is our selection of books available from Gower Publishing.
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Organisations have started to wrestle with the idea of how to engage the skills and motivation of the video game generation; as customers and as employees. Dale Robert’s World of Workcraft explains the need for and potential benefit of gamification as a means of turning a traditional corporate culture and structure into a dynamic community. Gamification is the concept of applying engaging elements of game theory to non-game applications, and its practical application is part of the disruptive innovation that offers businesses radical new ways of working, learning and performing. World of Workcraft provides guidance on how to (and how not to) introduce these concepts successfully.Buy Now
In 2010 Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer published their seminal work on Integral Research and Innovation, whereby they identified the four R’s: relational and renewal, reason and realization-based research paths that all together encompass the major qualitative research methods and methodologies. Because their transformative PhD programs are focused primarily on the 'Global South', where the vast majority of the world’s population is based, most agents of transformation with whom the authors deal select the relational research path, and the path of renewal, over and above the paths of reason and realization. The focus of Integral Renewal is on these two latter paths, now interconnected with integral enterprise and economics.Buy Now
Through contributions from leading organisation development practitioners with unparalleled experience, A Field Guide for Organisation Development answers four questions: What is OD and why does it matter? Where does OD fit and who does it? How do you actually do OD? How do you know if it's worked and prove the benefit?
This book provides a bridge between the theory and history of OD and the actual work of those practising it in the field. It is as comprehensive a resource to support the practice of Organisation Development as can be found anywhere.
In The Culture Builders Jane Sparrow shares the insight of her research and experience into how companies are creating an engaged workforce. Along the way she looks at the evidence, the case for engagement and how organizations are measuring and defining it. Having an engagement strategy is merely a first step and so the book explores how to enable the manager-as-engager.
Alongside the practical models and the guidance, there are stories and examples from leaders and organizations allowing you to learn, amongst other things, about the strong sense of purpose felt in John Lewis Partnership; the importance Innocence places on values; how Sony has used visual metaphors to give context and strategic direction and how MGM Resorts targets engagement strategies to the needs of specific employee groups.
Previous editions of this book established themselves as authoritative overviews of action learning practice around the globe. Given the increase in action learning activity since this book last appeared, the demand for an up-to-date edition has grown. Whilst chapters on action learning are now obligatory in every collection on leadership and management development, there is still no competing specialist work of this nature.Buy Now
Emerging during the late nineteenth century in the diverse scholarship of US commentators such as Charles Sanders Peirce, William James and John Dewey, American pragmatism shaped many intellectual currents within a range of disciplines including politics, education, administrative science and religion. However, American pragmatism struggled to maintain its influence and suffered a hiatus until it experienced a renaissance within scholarly circles during the 1970s.
While renewed scholarly interest in American pragmatism continues to grow, it is only relatively recently that organization studies scholars have drawn upon American pragmatist philosophies for shedding new light on aspects of contemporary organizational life.
American Pragmatism and Organization is a ground-breaking collection which draws together an international body of research focused on the interconnections and interplay between American pragmatism and organizational phenomena, explores the theoretical possibilities afforded by pragmatist thinking for understanding organization, and illuminates the practical advantages of doing so.
Organizational change is often insider-led, supported by internal consultants and change agents. Most of what is written about change comes from the perspective of external consultants or from academics researching the activities of those with insider change roles. Changing Organizations from Within is unusual in providing a range of authentic insider accounts.
Each chapter is written by an author with experience of different kinds of insider relationships with their client organizations. Some are employees. Others are psychoanalytically aware external consultants working closely within organizations to illuminate organizational change issues.
Changing Organizations from Within examines the pulls on role and identity that can easily undermine competence and practice. It provides practical advice to help insiders navigate organizational space, make sense of tricky situations, and make best use of an insider perspective to help organizations change.
Global HR explores the key issues in delivering a fair, consistent and effective service across the organizational, cultural and economic boundaries that exist in modern global organizations. In doing so, it offers insights into managing people and businesses that no organization can ignore.Buy Now
Lean and Six Sigma initiatives are designed to enable sustained improvements in your company or organization's efficiency and competitiveness. As with other improvement strategies they are dependent on two things, effective management and your ability to automate or digitize elements of your business process.
Lean and Digitize provides you with a convincing picture of each of these elements (process improvement, digitization and the management of both) to help you eliminate waste, improve process and service, and better align your information and communications technology with your strategic objectives.
Without a holistic approach to technology and quality improvement, your initiatives run the risk of being misdirected or simply running out of steam. Changes of this kind will never be easy but at least if you follow the advice in Lean and Digitize you will significantly increase your chances of success.
If change was a song it would be: 'Ready or not, here I come. You can’t hide…' But when change finds you, can you generate new ideas to meet its challenges? Enable the necessary staff commitment? What are your barriers to development?
Managing Value in Organisations offers new ideas, starting by acknowledging that old thinking is now the first barrier to progress. It experiments with value creation to build a climate where new ideas have a chance to live. Those succeeding have the right mind-set: using new ways to organise effort, thinking and value, to produce independent self-managing staff, commitment, growth and agility.
The author, Donal Carroll, worked with five organizations to create new management, business and learning models that multiply trust, ensure significant collective learning and deeper customer insight. He provides evidence that, together, these models get organisations to their next stage of development faster.
How - as members, customers, voters or patients - do we deal with organizations: public administrations; universities and schools; hospitals; prisons; political parties; or the military?
The systems theory developed by sociologist Niklas Luhmann is among the twentieth century’s seminal scientific achievements, commensurate perhaps only with Einstein’s theory of relativity, Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language, or Freud’s analysis of the unconscious.
While systems theory is not easily accessible, the subject of organizations offers an opportunity to gain insight into the fecundity of this approach. This book is the first in which Luhmann’s organizational theory and an introduction to systems theory have been presented in such brief and succinct form and will be readily grasped by a new audience.
The author of Organizations argues that, in future, the elaborate conception that systems theory has put forward will be the standard that other theoretical approaches to explaining organizations will have to meet.
In Participative Transformation Roger Klev and Morten Levin insist that essential in organizational change is the leader’s ability to orchestrate participative learning and developmental processes. Drawing on pragmatic philosophy, the authors' experience of organizational development initiatives and on action research, this book connects practical change-related activity with a broader critical and theoretical perspective.
Practical guidance includes advice on starting up an organizational development process and dealing with situations where years of being controlled by others needs challenging, to actively engage employees in shaping their own work conditions. Readers will learn how experiencing both negative and positive results may well be a good basis for continued development. It is through systematic experiments that one can develop the organization, and this entails the possibility of making mistakes. There is even guidance on how to handle an organizational development process when it is in terminal trouble, to ensure there is still learning from it.
The ability of individuals to work together to facilitate the delivery of a project can be a major factor in determining its success. Project Politics provides a framework for solving political concerns through the effective management of complex relationships. Nita Martin's structured approach will raise awareness and improve your ability to manage issues in the workplace. She shows that once you recognize the problems, and take politics in your stride, you can successfully manage such environments.Buy Now
Carrying out a project as planned is not a guarantee for success. Projects may fail because project management does not take the requirements, wishes and concerns of stakeholders sufficiently into account. Projects can only be successful through contributions from stakeholders. And in the end, it is the stakeholders that evaluate whether they find that the project is a success.
To manage stakeholders effectively, you need to know your stakeholders, their behaviours and attitudes towards the project. In Project Stakeholder Management, the authors give guidance on how to adopt an analytical and structured approach; how to document, store and retrieve your knowledge; how to plan your stakeholder interactions in advance; and how to make your plans explicit, at the very least internally. A well-conceived plan can prevent you from being carried away in the ‘heat of the moment’ and help you spend your limited resources for stakeholder management in the best way.