The Sociology of Management by M. I. Reed

Published by Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.

Condition: Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with the expected associated abrasion to the dust wrapper. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Occasional penning to the margins & text.

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From the cover: This hook aims to provide an assessment of the contribution which sociology has made to our understanding of the location and role of management within industrial capitalist societies.

The author argues that despite a long-running sociological interest in the managerial revolution or development of the concept of manager no coherent and convincing account of the position of management in modern society has appeared. It focuses on the themes control, conflict, work, class and change which have directed sociological research on management. It locates the themes within a conceptual framework which views management as a social practice geared to the assembly and regulation of other social practices concerned with the transformation of the environmental conditions encompassing socio-economic life. This framework links together different levels of analysis the behavioural, organisational and institutional which have tended to remain in isolation from each other in the study of management. Theoretical and empirical work is interwoven within each chapter to facilitate an overall appreciation of the insights which sociology can bring to our understanding of such a vital group and institution.

This book is likely to be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in organisation theory, industrial sociology, industrial relations and business organisation.

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