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  1. Introduction to Management - Core Textbook 1 item
    It is strongly recommended that you purchase this textbook as core and essential reading for the module. The UCL library holds several copies of this edition, and several copies of older editions, but please bear in mind that this is also a core text for other management modules at UCL, so these copies will be in demand, and are usually only available as one-week or short-term loans.
    1. Management: an introduction - David Boddy 2014

      Book 

  2. I. Overview 8 items
    1. Sessions 1 & 2: Introduction to the topic 4 items
      1. Chapter 1: Managing in Organisations - David Boddy 2014

        Chapter Essential Chapter 1 of the core text.

      2. The manager's job: folklore and fact - Mintzberg, H. 1975

        Article Recommended This is a seminal article that changed the way we think about the work of managers. The research had severe limitations, but its results are still important for the practice of management today. Electronic copy available from Senate House Library.

      3. What makes an effective executive - Drucker, P. 2004

        Article Recommended Written by Peter Drucker, one of the most preeminent scholars in management, this is a good and accessible article about the practices of effective managers.

      4. What effective general managers really do - Kotter, J. P. 1982

        Article Recommended Another seminal article about the practices of managers, with interesting descriptions of days of managers as illustrations.

    2. Session 3: The Evolution of Management Thought 4 items
      1. Chapter 2: Models of Management - David Boddy 2014

        Chapter Essential Chapter 2 of the core text. Overview of the paradigms and models of management we discussed in class. Bear in mind that this is only one representation of the way management thinking developed; you may come across others.

      2. Great writers on organizations - Pugh, D.S;, Hickson, D.J. 2007

        Book Recommended It is useful to read the chapters about the authors we have discussed in class to complement the textbook. This book gives a short overview of (some) of the most important writers in management and organisational theory, exploring their key ideas and research outcomes.

      3. Giant steps in management: creating innovations that change the way we work - Michael J. Mol, Julian M. Birkinshaw 2008

        Book Recommended

      4. A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying organizations - Christopher Grey 2013

        Book Recommended

  3. II. Context 5 items
    1. The five competitive forces that shape strategy - Porter, M. 2008

      Article Recommended Porter was the creator of the famous 5 Forces model that provides a simple perspective for evaluating and analysing the competitive strength and position of an organisation. In this article, written almost 30 years after the model was first published, Porter revisits the model and reiterates its importance, and considers how to apply the model in a useful way to improve competitiveness.

    2. On the cultures of organizations - Handy, C.

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading

    3. Great writers on organizations - Pugh, D. S, Hickson, D. J 2007

      Book Recommended It is useful to read the chapters about the authors we have discussed in class to complement the textbook. This book gives a short overview of (some) of the most important writers in management and organisational theory, exploring their key ideas and research outcomes.

    4. Research Paper No. 1847: Organizational culture - Martin, J. 2004

      Document Recommended A summary of seminal work on culture, providing an overview of the different approaches and their respective limitations. In line with the author's view, the article is biased towards a fragmentation view of culture, but it gives an interesting account of some of the key studies in the area.

    5. Now, let's make it really complex (complicated) - Joana Geraldi, Harvey Maylor, Terry Williams 2011

      Article Recommended This is the 2011 article by Geraldi, Maylor and Williams referred to in the slides on environmental complexity in Session II:1 - Context and Culture

  4. III. Planning 6 items
    1. 3.1 Goals & Plans 1 item
    2. 3.2. Strategic Management 5 items
      1. Stakeholders, the mission, governance and business ethics - Charles W. L. Hill, Gareth R. Jones

        Chapter Recommended Digitised reading. This articles provides a good overview of the concepts of mission and vision, amongst others.

      2. And over here, ladies and gentlemen : the strategic management beast - Mintzberg, H; Ahlstrand, B; Lampel, J.

        Chapter Recommended Strategic management is a very diverse field, giving many alternative ideas about the nature of strategy and how it should be developed. Mintzberg provides an overview of some of these alternatives. The whole book is interesting and insightful, but you should certainly read Chapters 1 and 12.

      3. Looking inside for Competitive Advantage - Barney, J. 1995

        Article Recommended Seminal article about the resource-based view of the firm.

      4. The Core Competence of the Corporation. 1990

        Article  Please note that the reading list link will take you to the EBSCO holdings page, where it will display the message "The publisher offers limited access to this article. The full text cannot be viewed from a persistent link." To access the link to the PDF, you need to click on "Search" at the top of the screen (without changing the search terms). The page will then refresh and show the link to the PDF of the article.

  5. IV. Organising 6 items
    1. 4.1. Organisational Structure 3 items
      1. Designing Adaptive Organizations - Daft, R.L; Kendrick, M; Vershinina, N. 2010

        Chapter Recommended Chapter 10

      2. What is the Right Organization Design? - Anand, N., Daft, R. 2007

        Article Recommended This is an excellent article, providing an overview of the development of organisational structures from self-contained to organisations without boundaries. The text discusses the advantages and disadvantages of different types of organisation.

      3. Foundations of organization structure - Robbins, Stephen P., Judge, Tim

        Chapter Recommended

    2. 4.2. Teams 3 items
      1. Leading Teams - Daft, R.L; Kendrick, M; Vershinina, N. 2010

        Chapter Recommended Chapter 18

      2. Foundations of group behavior - Stephen P. Robbins, Tim Judge

        Chapter Recommended Digitised reading

      3. Teams and teamworking - F. M. Wilson

        Chapter Recommended Digitised reading

  6. V. Leading 1 item
    1. Denial is not a river in Egypt - Charlie Pellerin

      Chapter Recommended Digitised reading

  7. Further Readings for the course 7 items
    1. Handbook of organization studies - Hardy, Cynthia, Clegg, Stewart, Nord, Walter R. 1996

      Book Recommended

    2. Organization theory: modern, symbolic, and postmodern perspectives - Hatch, Mary Jo, Cunliffe, Ann L. 2006

      Book Recommended Good introduction to DiMaggio and Powell’s view of institutional theory and Pfeffer and Salancik’s resource dependence theory. Considered as a clear and comprehensive introduction to the study of organisations, this book is a very good start if you are interested in theory. The book is though fairly advanced and usually used at PhD level. The minimum recommended is the few pages dedicated to the theories we covered in the lecture.

    3. Management: an introduction - Boddy, David 2010

      Book Recommended You can refer to an earlier edition of this text if you prefer.

    4. The 7 habits of highly effective people: restoring the character ethic - Covey, Stephen R. 1992

      Book Recommended A bestselling and influential self-improvement book that details certain habits that are essential for any effective manager, and that can also be applied in everyday life.

    5. A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying organizations - Grey, C. 2009

      Book Recommended This is an interesting and critical book about organisations, and key management paradigms we discussed in class.

    6. Organizational behaviour: an introductory text - Buchanan, David A., Huczynski, Andrzej 2004

      Book Recommended Chapter 20 : Good explanation of biases and group thinking.

    7. Management - International Edition - Daft, R.L; Kendrick, M; Vershinina, N. 2010

      Book  This is an excellent and highly accessible textbook, whose content is very similar to that of the core text (Boddy), though the styles are somewhat different. It offers different examples, case studies and exercises, and thus offers a complementary perspective on the key concepts.

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