Organization and people provides a broad introduction to organizational theory.
The book covers the main tools and theories and includes descriptions of the latest development in this area; for instance, CSR and innovation management, work psychology, including stress, motivation, burnout, etc.
Organization and people is based on seven main topics: the organization’s structure, strategy, processes, management, culture, people, and surroundings – as depicted in the figure. The book also provides a historical overview of the most important “schools” of organizational theory.
Organization and people has an unacademic approach to the topics and has a welcoming layout, with many stylish and informative figures. The 12 chapters have numerous examples from the real world, based on the author’s lifelong experience from different organizations. All chapters have practical exercises that put the theory into practice.
Organization and people can be used by private individuals, for continuing education in private and public organizations, as well as in educational institutions, where it is an obvious choice for the subject, “Organization and work psychology”.
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Now, Nyt Teknisk Forlag and I, as the author, have the pleasure of presenting
Organization and people.
The first two editions of the Danish book were well received by educational
institutions, teachers, and students, as well as by the many private and public
organizations that have also chosen to use the book for internal training.
For the English edition (which corresponds to the 2nd edition of the Danish
book), it is still true that, in a number of essential respects, Organization and
people differs from most other books on the same subject on the Danish market:
The book – just like my very successful Project management, theory and practise
– is based on storytelling. The pedagogical method of storytelling means that,
using small stories – examples – I illustrate all the book’s most important theories
and issues as they could look in a real organization. The examples connect
theory and reality, and by using the book’s many small exercises – often linked
to the examples – the reader gets involved.
"Tell me – I forget.
Show Me – I remember.
Involve me – I understand."
• The book has a beautiful and inviting layout, with many illustrations, using
refreshing and colourful styles.
• The book has only one author. Thereby, the reader avoids changing language,
style and levels throughout the book.
• The book’s writing style is simple and unacademic, sprinkled with quotes,
examples and exercises.
Organization and people covers the curriculum of the subject ‘organization’ in a
wide range of educational areas, including organization and work psychology
in the academy and diploma programmes.
The content and style of the book, using many practical examples, also make
it suitable for self-study and as a textbook/supplementary reading for the further
training of managers in both the public and private sectors. The interest in
and need for this are high, which the emergence and numerous applications to
attend mini MBA programmes, among others, also indicate.
Organization and people covers all the main tools/theories of the area. It has
an international perspective, with a focus on globalisation, and contains the
latest organizational developments, e.g., CSR (corporate social responsibility),
and social entrepreneurship, Gary Hamel’s innovation management, work
psychology, including stress and burn-out, etc.
The book also focuses on change management, entrepreneurship, innovation
and creativity, as well as how organizations deal with these issues.
Chapter 1: Organization and organizational theory is an introduction to
the subject area. It is followed by Chapter 2, “Historical development in theory
and practice”. Chapters 3 to 11 follow, all of which relate to the basic elements
of the organization.
For the reader to be able to acquire such a complex and wide range of disciplines,
a clear overall structure is important. The structure I have chosen is
shown in the book’s main figure below.
The chart on the next page shows how the book’s chapters relate to the
The book is rounded off with a short chapter 12, which addresses entrepreneurship.
How is the book to be used?
If you are a young student, in the course of your education and uncertain about
getting into working life, I recommend you begin by reading the Zenia case at
the beginning of Chapter 1.
Then, you can continue with the rest of Chapter 1, just reading the section,
The nine main areas of Organization theory and the example, Empire State Building
vs. One World Trade Center in Chapter 2 before you start on the parts of the
book that the curriculum for your programme points to.
Before putting the book on the shelf, do not miss out on reading about what
happened to Zenia. You do this in Chapter 12: Entrepreneur.
Maybe you have a good idea?
If you are a business manager – or want to become one – you should read
the book in its entirety. You will acquire significant knowledge and can easily
read the book on your own, as all important topics are illustrated with small
examples so that you are not left behind in the ivory tower of the theories.
There are probably many readers who would like to supplement this book
with additional material, so I have, throughout the book, made sure to include
English designations of the various topics, concepts and theories, so it is easy,
using Google, for example, to become more knowledgeable.
By contacting the publisher, educators can access digital editions of a selection
of the book’s illustrations. Read more on the publisher’s website: webshop.
For (kind) criticism, suggestions for improvement, tips and ideas, as well as
to comment on your experience with using the book, as a passionate writer, I
am always ready at the inbox, so do not hesitate to contact me.
I hope you enjoy the book!
Bjarne Kousholt, August 2019
1 Organization and organizational theory
2 Historical developments of theory and practice
3 The structure of the organization
4 The people in the organization
5 Groups and teams within the organization
7 The Organization’s Environment and Society
8 The Culture and Values of the Organization
9 The Processes of the Organization
10 The Organization’s Strategy
11 Project and change management
List of examples and exercises
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