A sequel to his early classic text, Organization, John Child's new title provides a state-of-the-art guide to organizational management in today's world.
As in his earlier title, this authoritative new title - Organization: Contemporary Principles and Practice - addresses organizational issues in terms of how managers experience them and how MBA students can most effectively learn about them.
John Child draws attention to the exciting possibilities currently arising in organizations as the conditions for their survival change. His analysis covers new internal organizational forms, various kinds of network organization and the evolution of organization to meet new demands.
The topics addressed range from integration, control, reward policies, outsourcing, flexibility and strategic alliances to trust, learning and corporate governance.
Recorded in an approachable style, and featuring new international examples, this is a major contemporary guide to the role of organizations and people in business success.
Although it focuses on business organizations, much of its content is also highly relevant to public and not-for-profit institutions in the context of global competition, new information technologies and the knowledge-based economy.
Each chapter contains summaries of key points, lists of practical guidelines, questions for discussion and sources of further reading.
Would you try another book from John Child and/or Nick Mcardle?
As an organizational psychology doctoral student, I would have bought the actual book and not the audible version. It would have been cheaper and had more utility as a reference book.
What was most disappointing about John Child’s story?
As it turns out, this is a book written by an Englishman using many English or European examples. Not exactly meant for American audiences. I asked my American professors, or business and organizational psychology, about the author, they said "Oh yeah, he's from the United Kingdom" and that his theories were outdated.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Mcardle?
Having someone with and English accent, who uses English idioms and nuances makes it hard to listen to. As it turns out, this is a book written by an Englishman using many English or European examples. The audience for this type of book has the same ratio as there is from the American economy compared to the UK's. It is roughly 8:1.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Organization?
I would cut out the references to tables and figures in the book. Saying something like "According to Table X.1 there are five possible outcomes...." is a waste of my listening time. Also the constant reciting of acronyms is annoying. Sure, we all know what an MBA is. But beyond that the narrator throws out lots of acronyms that people may or may not remember from some preceding chapter.
Any additional comments?
Read people's reviews before you spend your money. It is like reading an instruction manual before you put together the Christmas bike for your child.
This is a textbook and therefore you should know what you're getting when you buy it. It is by an English author, narrated by an Englishman and (while encompassing global details) comes at the subject area from an English perspective. This can be refreshing for British students and/or provide an alternative take on material usually dominated by US analysis.
As a book it covers its material in a manner that I found original when compared with most of the other management books I've looked at. It does a nice job of putting into words and analysing some topics which are so taken for granted they are commonly ignored.
The unique benefit of this audio book is that it provides a way to get additional exposure to a subject area while on the move and studying is less convenient. The narration is clear and does a good job with the material. The tables can be a bit hard to follow but that can only be expected.
In summary, given that it's a text book not a novel, it is well done. It manages to be interesting and informative and is an excellent adjunct to reading additional written texts.