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Organizations

A Short Introduction

Organizations—what makes them tick? This book explains how organizations function.
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Sisyphus in Management

The Futile Search for the Optimal Organizational Structure

This book explains why the often praised Holy Grail of organization, the perfectly functioning company, will never be found.
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Managing Compliance

A Very Brief Introduction

In the wake of spectacular economic scandals, there has been a surge in interest about rule-breaking in organizations and the question of how to prevent such violations. more and more organizations are setting up ‘compliance management’ that are responsible for monitoring compliance with rules, sanctioning deviations from the rules, and establishing and interpreting new rules.
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Influencing Organizational Culture

A Very Brief Introduction

In the management discourse few words are thrown about more carelessly than ‘organizational culture’. While the term is usually defined too broadly—including such phenomena as assumptions, values, traditions, articles of faith, myths and artifacts—this book applies a far more narrow concept.
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Developing Mission Statements

A Very Brief Introduction

Companies are no longer the only organizations that develop mission statements; administrations, hospitals, universities, schools and associations are following. After a phase of euphoria in which true miracles were expected, mission statements have come under increasing critique for their moralizing overtones.
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Designing Organizations

A Very Brief Introduction

When (re-)designing organizations, one must first be clear about what is meant by the structures of an organization and what can be done in order to change them.
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The Rainmaker Effect

Contradictions of the Learning Organization

The belief that rainmakers bring rain is a superstition, but it creates cohesion among the people who believe in their power. Stefan Kühl describes how the rainmaker effect acts in the concept of the learning organization.
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Managing Projects

A Very Brief Introduction

The goal-oriented approach to projects that is so popular in management literature is only appropriate if you are dealing with well-defined problems. For projects that address poorly defined problems, however, the principles don’t work. We propose a different approach: to start out with experiments, without predetermined conclusions.
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