Redesigning Society

Author: Russell Lincoln Ackoff
Publisher: Stanford Business Books
ISBN:
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Health care, education, welfare, law—the perceived success or failure of these social institutions is constantly being debated in the public arena. In this new book Ackoff and Rovin examine a variety of these issues and use systems theory to develop solutions for many of the problems society currently faces.

Deming s Profound Changes

Author: Kenneth T. Delavigne
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN:
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Increasingly, the demise of many businesses and organizations is being blamed on current western management practice—which can be traced directly back to the 19th century and Frederick Taylor's theory of scientific management. Although W. Edwards Deming proposed a new, more modern philosophy of management decades ago, the western world, instead, continued to practice Taylor's philosophy—by now adulterated and corrupted many times over into a new form of its own (neo-Taylorism). This volume explores—in depth—neo-Taylorism (where it came from and what its beliefs are), Deming's philosophy (his system of profound knowledge and his 14 points), and suggests how Deming's philosophy—if adopted—could be an antidote for today's managerial ineffectiveness. Shows organization and technical managers how to change—using Deming's principles—in order to improve quality in delivered services and products and in employee satisfaction. Analyzes the flaws of Taylorism and Neo-Taylorism— with point-by-point comparison with Deming's philosophy. Clearly explains the Deming quality philosophy from a conceptual framework that can then be applied (rather than from a recipe or case study format, which has proven to be ineffective). For Executive and Technical Managers (all industries); Quality Managers and Practitioners; Quality, Productivity, Organizational Development Consultants.

Designing Your Life

Author: Bill Burnett
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 110187533X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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#1 New York Times Bestseller At last, a book that shows you how to build—design—a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home—at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve. In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise. "Designing Your Life walks readers through the process of building a satisfying, meaningful life by approaching the challenge the way a designer would. Experimentation. Wayfinding. Prototyping. Constant iteration. You should read the book. Everyone else will." —Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive “This [is] the career book of the next decade and . . . the go-to book that is read as a rite of passage whenever someone is ready to create a life they love.” —David Kelley, Founder of IDEO “An empowering book based on their popular class of the same name at Stanford University . . . Perhaps the book’s most important lesson is that the only failure is settling for a life that makes one unhappy. With useful fact-finding exercises, an empathetic tone, and sensible advice, this book will easily earn a place among career-finding classics.” —Publishers Weekly From the Hardcover edition.

More Human

Author: Steve Hilton
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610396537
Format: PDF, Mobi
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People feel angry and let down by their leaders, as well as by the institutions that dominate their lives: political parties, government bureaucracy, and corporations. Yet the cause of this malaise, according to political–advisor–turned–tech–CEO Steve Hilton, is not being addressed by politicians on the left or the right. Hilton argues that much of our daily experience—from the food we eat, to the governments we elect, to the economy on which our wealth depends, to the way we care for our health and well–being—has become too big, too bureaucratic, and too distant from the human scale. More Human sets out a radical manifesto for change, aimed at the root causes of our problems rather than just the symptoms. Whether it’s using the latest advances in neuroscience to inform the fight against poverty and inequality, or applying lessons from America’s most radical schools to transform our children’s education, this book is an agenda for rethinking and redesigning the outdated systems and structures of our politics, government, economy, and society to make them more suited to the way we want to live our lives today. To make them more human.

Breaking the Mold

Author: Lotte Bailyn
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501705032
Format: PDF, Docs
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In Breaking the Mold, Lotte Bailyn argues that society's separation of work and family is no longer a tenable model for employees or the organizations that employ them. Unless American business is willing to radically rethink some of its basic assumptions about work, career paths, and time, both employee and employer will suffer in today's intensely competitive business environment. Bailyn's message was bold when this book was originally published in 1993. Now thoroughly updated to reflect the latest developments in the organization of work, the demography of the workforce, and attitudes toward the integration of work and personal life, this second edition is even more compelling. Bailyn finds that implementation of policies designed to allow "flexibility" is rarely smooth and often results in gender inequity. Using real-life cases to illustrate the problems employees encounter in coordinating work and private life, she details how corporations generally handle these problems and suggests models for innovation. Throughout, she shows how the structure and culture of corporate life could be changed to integrate employees' other obligations and interests, and in the process help organizations become more effective. Drawing on international comparisons as well as many years of working with organizations of various kinds, Bailyn emphasizes the need to redesign work itself. Breaking the Mold allows us to rethink the connections between organizational processes and personal concerns. Implementation of Bailyn's suggestions could help employees to become more effective in all realms of their complicated lives and allow employing organizations to engage their full productive potential.

The Open Source Everything Manifesto

Author: Robert David Steele
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583944435
Format: PDF, ePub
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"Written by a former CIA covert ops and intelligence expert, The Open-Source Everything Manifesto provides a roadmap for empowering the public to return to an informed, engaged democracy of, by, and for the people"--Provided by publisher.

Decision Management Concepts Methodologies Tools and Applications

Author: Management Association, Information Resources
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 152251838X
Format: PDF, ePub
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The implementation of effective decision making protocols is crucial in any organizational environment in modern society. Emerging advancements in technology and analytics have optimized uses and applications of decision making systems. Decision Management: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications is a compendium of the latest academic material on the control, support, usage, and strategies for implementing efficient decision making systems across a variety of industries and fields. Featuring comprehensive coverage on numerous perspectives, such as data visualization, pattern analysis, and predictive analytics, this multi-volume book is an essential reference source for researchers, academics, professionals, managers, students, and practitioners interested in the maintenance and optimization of decision management processes.

Strategic Management

Author: Garth Saloner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9788126515684
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Market_Desc: · Economists· Business Executives· Managers · Instructors Special Features: · The authors present strategy as a guide for decision making within the firm; a guide that is informed by the manager's mental map of the firm's internal and external contexts· The tools the manager needs to understand both the firm's external environment (its industry) and its internal environment (its strategic assets and how they are organized) are developed· The text integrates the perspectives of economics and organizational sociology, presenting a uniquely integrated, multi-disciplinary view of the problems facing a general manager charged with formulating and evaluating company strategy· While the text is firmly grounded in microeconomics (particularly industrial organization) and organizational sociology, the style is very accessible and avoids the highly technical detail of the disciplines About The Book: This book is written for current and future general managers who have or will have overall responsibility for a business. The authors provide a set of frameworks, tools, and concepts to build this capability. The book provides insights into organizations and strategy that will help general managers make strategic thinking in their firms pervasive, effective, and rewarding.