Projects are not simply the bread and butter of an organisation. Form them into programmes or portfolios and they can be prioritised and integrated to deliver change to your organization in line with your strategic vision. You will be able to control costs and risks and bring together a complex series of themes effectively.
This overhauled second edition now combines portfolio management as a parallel theme with programme management, and it is brought in line with the current thinking of the Association for Project Management and the Project Management Institute. It is written for managers in both the public and private sectors. This new edition includes half a dozen short case studies (from Belgium’s Fortis Bank, a software company, local government, and central government), along with more on cross-functional management.
Together with Project Management Demystified, also from Routledge (third edition, 2007), it provides the tools to manage your projects, your programmes and your portfolio to a very high level.
The Little Book of Big Management Questions provides instant solutions to the key questions that every manager asks themselves:
How can I motivate my team? How do I calculate the length of the project? How do I delegate effectively? How do I prepare a strategic plan? And many, many more.
Each question is easy to find, explains why it’s important and the business thinking behind it. Then the fast, focused, expert solutions immediately empower you to take action and move forward with confidence.
The Little Book of Big Management Questions will make sure you can:
· Instantly and expertly handle a wide range of management challenges
· Be more prepared, more decisive and more in control
· Get the best from your team, the respect of your colleagues and the support of your peers
· Fully understand your responsibilities, the company you work for and your role within it.
All you want to know and how to apply it – in a nutshell.
But why exactly are managers so powerful? Why and how do managers dominate our organizations? It will be argued that the prevailing understanding of management and managers is only at the surface about functional aspects. In its very core management has been, and is, all about the power and control, interests and ideology of managers--in short, the dominance of managers over other groups of people. In order to investigate and explain this dominance, a multi-dimensional ‘theory of social dominance of managers’, will be developed which reveals the personal and group interests behind such claims and is based in its core on three explanatory factors; power, interests, and ideology. These factors themselves will be analyzed as comprehensive, multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary concepts in order to address the complex nature of managers’ dominance appropriately.
Unpicking the puzzles faced by both the manager and the student of management, this introductory guide explores the major issues of management, organization and knowledge, asking questions of our 'guru' culture and raising debates on so-called expert thinking. Written from the viewpoint that the most effective managers are those that can think for themselves and put aside the advice of the management 'guru', it is a topical, challenging and thought-provoking study.
Thoroughly revised and reorganized, this second edition features two completely new chapters that cover gender issues in management, debates on globalization, post-modernity and the future of management. Designed to bring readers into the debate, rather than simply providing a framework of answers, this new edition also includes an orientation questionnaire, discussion questions for each area covered and further reading suggestions.
Focusing on the manager’s key role - managing teams to get things done, this book looks at the essential parts of management from unusual perspectives and different angles.
Structured with the busy manager in mind, you can dip into any section of the book and read it as an individual piece of advice or read it end-to-end to gain an overall picture of management.
A complete resource to get ahead as a manager faster, bringing together the latest business thinking, practical techniques and cutting edge online material.
Fast Track to Success: Managing covers all aspects of successful management including team leadership, finance, strategy and measuring results, as well as all types of management style both at a macro and micro level.
• FAST TRACK books feature:
- A combination of skills development and career development that includes a framework to help you develop your career as well as produce terrific results.
- A clear structure which makes it easy to navigate information quickly. Summaries, quick tips, FAQs and Expert Voices help you find information quickly.
- Fresh, contemporary full colour design.
- Real life stories to give examples of what works and critically what doesn’t.
- Custom-designed, highly interactive companion website
Key features include:Case studies, exercises, further reading and examples from first-tier journals An enhanced Companion Website including journal articles and weblinks Chapters on writing up research and how to get your research published.
Visit the Companion Webiste at www.sagepub.co.uk/myers2e
Containing simple,practical ways to becoming a brilliant coach at work, you will be able to unlock your own unique coaching ability and reap the rewards in no time at all!
• BRILLIANT OUTCOMES:
- Understand what coaching really is
- Feel confident in your ability to be a great coach
- Put core coaching skills into action.
Fresh from Oxford with a degree in philosophy and no particular interest in business, Matthew Stewart might not have seemed a likely candidate to become a consultant. But soon he was telling veteran managers how to run their companies.
In narrating his own ill-fated (and often hilarious) odyssey at a top-tier firm, Stewart turns the consultant’s merciless, penetrating eye on the management industry itself. The Management Myth offers an insightful romp through the entire history of thinking about management, a withering critique of pseudoscience in management theory, and a clear explanation of why the MBA usually amounts to so much BS—leading us through the wilderness of American business thought.
Following on from the best-selling Management Teams: Why they
succeed or fail, this second edition of Team Roles at Work provides useful
insights into how to apply the theory in everyday work situations.
This book explores the impact of Team Roles from interpersonal
chemistry and managing difficult relationships, to cultivating effective
leaders and shaping organizations.
Now fully updated, this second edition has new practical examples
and summaries bringing this book up to date 17 years after its
original publication. Drawing from Belbin’s own practical experience
it answers the queries that have arisen during those years. Further
information accompanies the book on the Belbin website,
www.belbin.com/books/books.htm including a free, downloadable,
full-page summary of Team Roles with their icons, descriptions,
strengths and allowable weaknesses.
Team Roles at Work is the best-selling, second book written by
Meredith Belbin, designed for any manager who wants to understand
the practical application of Team Role theory.
R. Meredith Belbin was formerly Chairman of the Industrial Training
Research Unit. A founder Member of Belbin Associates, he is also Visiting
Professor and Honorary Fellow of Henley Management College.
Belbin, Management Teams: Why they succeed or fail, 3e, ISBN: 978-1-85617-8075
As a busy manager, you need solutions to everyday work problems fast. The Little Book of Big Management Theories gives you access to the very best theories and models that every manager should know and be able to use.
Cutting through the waffle and hype, McGrath and Bates concentrate on the theories that really matter to managers day-to-day. Each theory is covered in two pages – telling you what it is, how to use it and the questions you should be asking – so you can immediately apply your new knowledge in the real world.
The Little Book of Big Management Theories will ensure you can:
• Quickly resolve a wide range of practical management problems
• Be a better, more decisive manager who gets the job done
• Better motivate and influence your staff, colleagues and stakeholders
• Improve your standing and demonstrate that you are ready for promotion
All you need to know and how to apply it – in a nutshell.
‘I’ll make sure that every manager in our pharmacy outlets gets a copy of this book.’Manjit Jhooty, Managing Director, Jhoots Pharmacy
‘Every manager should read this book.’
Geoff Round, Chief Executive, Birmingham Civic Housing Association Ltd
Being a manager can be an intimidating and challenging task. Managing involves teaching new skills to employees, helping land a new customer, accomplishing an important assignment, increasing performance, and much more. The process of management can be very challenging at times, but it can also bring you a sense of fulfillment that you never imagined possible.
Managing For Dummies, 3rd Edition is perfect for all levels of managers. This clearly written, easy-to-understand guide gives you practical advice on the most important aspects of managing, such as delegating as opposed to ordering, improving employees' performances, getting your message across, understanding ethics and office policies, team building and collaboration, and much more.Tips and advice for new and experienced managers All-new chapters on employee encouragement and corporate social responsibility Guidance on managing employees by leveraging the power of the Internet
Managing in today's lightning-speed business world requires that you have the latest information and techniques for getting the job done. Managing For Dummies, 3rd Edition provides you with straightforward advice and up-to-the-minute strategies for dealing with anything that comes your way.
The study begins with scientific management and traces the evolution of leadership ideas through the quality movement, on to values-, culture-, and trust-based leadership models, and concluding with an emphasis on spirit in the workplace. It suggests that the leader in the twenty-first century will need to embrace a leadership style based on the main premise of each model along with a focus on ethics, community, service, and spirituality.
Whatever your profession, effective project management skills are crucial to developing a successful business career. In Project Management Essentials For Dummies, you'll find all the information and guidance you need to plan your projects with confidence and deliver them on time. This comprehensive resource will help you unlock the keys to project management success, gain the know-how to assess your strengths and weaknesses to maximise your project management potential, find proven ways to motivate your project team, and so much more.
In today's challenging business environment, professionals are increasingly working within tight timeframes and constricted budgets, and striving to deliver projects under a range of high-pressure scenarios. Thankfully, Project Management Essentials For Dummies shows you how to put out the fires igniting your workspace and explains how easy it is to organise, estimate and schedule projects more efficiently. In no time, you'll be managing deliverables, assessing risks, maintaining communications, making the most of your resources and utilising time-saving technologies like a project management ninja!Understand how to develop your plans around a sturdy structure — from start to finish Discover how to select the right people and get the very best from your team Recognise ways to take control and steer your projects to success Get up to speed on mastering the basics of project management
If you're a business professional looking to take your project management skills to new heights — but don't want to get bogged down with forehead-scratching jargon and complex methodologies — Project Management Essentials For Dummies has everything you need to get up and running fast.
Contributors from 20+ nations reveal how current project management concepts and techniques can be successfully applied in different political, cultural, and geographical settings. Learn how project management is carried out in major countries such as Canada, China, Russia, Germany, France, England -- and how these techniques can be applied globally.Case histories from around the world provide lessons on the international application of project management 16 completely new chapters including ones on the rebuilding of Iraq, project management in outsourcing initiatives, and developing multinational teams
Thoroughly revised for the current PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), this up-to-date resource offers complete coverage of all the material included on the Certified Associate in Project Management and Project Management Professional exams. You’ll find learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, practice exam questions, and in-depth explanations. Written by a leading project management consultant and trainer, CAPM/PMP Project Management Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Third Edition will help you pass the exams with ease and will also serve as an essential on-the-job reference.
Covers all exam topics, including:Project integration management Managing the project scope Managing project time, costs, and quality Managing project human resources Managing project communications Managing project risks Project procurement management Managing project stakeholders Project management processes
Electronic content includes:750 CAPM and PMP practice exam questions—test yourself by exam domain or take a complete exam Bonus process review quiz One hour of video training from the author New! Process ITTO Quick Review Guide New! CAPM/PMP Exam Cheat Sheets
Ann Cunliffe covers topics that are central to management, organizational behaviour or leadership courses: what managers do, motivation, communication, and ethics. The book breathes fresh air into these topics, emphasizing the importance of relations when thinking about management and drawing on a range of disciplines such as philosophy and linguistics.
Electronic inspection copies are available for instructors.