THE HUMAN SIDE OF MANAGEMENT by George S. Odiorne

THE HUMAN SIDE OF MANAGEMENT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A text for managerial students, as well as managers and supervisors. Odiorne acknowledges that he is not presenting a new idea, but rather restating the concept of Management by Objectives (MBO). Here the emphasis is on the critical aspect of integrating corporate and individual employee goals without compromising either side. This process of negotiation then allows the employee to operate freely and successfully under his or her own self-control and motivation. This emphasis on the integration of of goals is a result of the emergence of the ""knowledge worker."" During the last two or three decades, the US labor force has changed from a largely production-oriented work fume to a service-industry work force. This new, diverse composition reflects the entry of women, minorities, and white-collar workers, who have different job expectations. Taking these demographic trends into consideration, Odiorne provides a comprehensive overview of the basic management principles: theories, styles, MBO goal-setting, productivity, management development, mentoring, and commitment to goals. He draws upon not only his own personal research and experience for specific examples, but also on numerous professional sources to supplement and support his ideas. He also provides many guidelines and anecdotes to explain each major point under discussion: for example, how to hire qualified staff, or how to set meaningful, yet challenging, goals. Easy to read, well stated, and well suited to a management library.

Pub Date: June 15th, 1987
ISBN: 0669248266
Publisher: Lexington