Told through the fresh, sharp eyes of new organizational recruits, these sometimes comic, often traumatic, but always vivid and revealing accounts have much to say to learners and older hands alike. Grouped in sections on images, winning and losing, and surviving and injuries, the narratives encompass a wide gamut of themes and issues. Theses include: power and politics in organizations; organizational cultures and change; gender and discrimination; appearances and realities; leaders and followers; and emotion, motivation and stress. We also encounter the coldly competitive features of businesses where processes such as restructuring, rationalization and downsizing are increasingly commonplace.
Throughout, commentaries by Stephen Fineman and Yiannis Gabriel highlight particular points of analysis and learning, while each chapter concludes with questions for discussion, and a selected bibliography enabling further reading.
Full of the kind of detail which is often unreported, recounted with passion and authenticity, Experiencing Organizations is an outstanding resource for students of organizational behaviour and theory, organizational and occupational psychology and general management studies....Continua