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People in Organisations




If we are to understand the times in which we work and the kinds of organisations in which we work and how these organisations may be changing, it is helpful to reflect on past history, drawing on the ideas of influential thinkers whose work has both explained and shaped organisational development and management practice during the past 90 years.


Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Early management trends: emphasis on centralised control and product
  • A new focus: people as contributors
  • Focus on managers: quality in leadership and decision making
  • Current trends: knowledge, partnerships and people-focused cultures
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Jean Anderson is a registered nurse, a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and a Fellow of the College of Nursing in New South Wales. She also holds a Diploma and Bachelor of Arts; a Diploma, Bachelor and Master of Education; and a Graduate Diploma of Educational Administration. She is a Member of the Australian College of Education and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her management experience spans more than 20 years, embracing positions in technical and further education (TAFE) institutions, the acute hospital sector and a national nursing organisation. During t...

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