In this section you’ll find books on what we regard as the essentials of management practice.

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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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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Developing Strategies

A Very Brief Introduction

Hardly any other management concept is as overused as strategy, yet at the same time hardly any other concept is as vaguely defined. As a means of escaping the conceptual jumble, this monograph suggests a systems-theoretical definition which makes it possible to sort out the various threads of the strategy discussion.
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Exploring Markets

A Very Brief Introduction

Organizations construct their environments themselves. From the bewildering, chaotic array of impressions, they take those bits of information that enable them to produce such a view of the environment – one that makes it possible for them to operate in the environment with relative confidence. (for complete description, please scroll down)

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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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Lateral Leading

A Very Brief Introduction to Power, Understanding and Trust

In organizations, there are always situations that can’t be fixed with top-down directives. Often the only thing left to do is to craft cooperative relationships through understanding, power, or trust.
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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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