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Handbook of Research on Managing Managers

Edited by Adrian Wilkinson, Professor of Employment Relations, Griffith University, Keith Townsend, Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Griffith Business School, Griffith University and Gabriele Suder, Principal Fellow, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, Australia
This book explores the changing role of managers in the workplace. In recent years, there has been considerable debate on the future of management, with both pessimistic and optimistic views being put forward. However, in the wake of delayering, downsizing, re-engineering and the pursuit of leanness, the more gloomy perspective has gained currency, especially in the popular managerial literature, and some have pronounced the end of management altogether. Some paint a more optimistic picture of managers and managers’ work with roles being transformed rather than replaced and the new organisational context providing more demanding work but greater autonomy and increased skill development. With contributions from experts in the field, this book is concerned with the way organisations manage their managers and how this continues to evolve with reference to global issues.
Extent: 392 pp
Hardback Price: $210.00 Web: $189.00
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78347 428 8
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  • Business and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Employment Relations
In recent years, there has been considerable debate on the future of management but less attention on the changing role of managers in the workplace. This book considers the ways in which managers themselves are being managed. In so doing, the contributors reflect upon the research conducted to date and the potential research pathways.

With contributions from experts in the field, the book explores the ways organisations manage their managers and how this continues to evolve globally. Themes discussed include talent management, evidence-based management, the nature of managerial work, management learning, and education and development as well as women in management and cross-cultural issues.

Academics, researchers, analysts and students will find this an important Handbook to aid in their understanding of the contemporary world of managers.
‘This exciting and comprehensive Handbook brings together leading international HR scholars to review existing research and highlight the current and future cross-cutting issues and challenges facing managerial practice and education. It is a particularly stimulating read in defining the field and setting the future research agenda.’
– Susan Cartwright, Lancaster University, UK
Contributors: R. Agarwal, C. Bajada, Y. Baruch, J. Billsberry, N. Bozionelos, P.J. Brown, A. Catchcart, A. Caza, D. Chauvel, M. Dent, R. Green, T. Jackson, R. Kaminska, R.N. Kar, A. Kellner, R. Kramar, W. Lightfoot, P. MacDonald, A. McDonnell, S.J. Perkins, G. Poulingue, E.J. Sander, G. Suder, S. Tengblad, D. Tourish, B. Toustou, K. Townsend, S. Varma, O.E. Vie, A. Wilkinson


1. Managing Managers: The Evolving Management Story in Context
Adrian Wilkinson, Keith Townsend and Gabriele Suder

2. Talent Management: Current Understanding and What We Still Need to Know
Anthony McDonnell

3. Perspectives on Problems in Managing Managers’ Remuneration
Stephen J. Perkins

4. Managing Managerial Careers
N. Bozionelos and Y. Baruch

5. The Role of Leadership in Developing the Innovative Manager
Elizabeth J. Sander and Arran Caza

6. Managing the Front-line Manager
Keith Townsend and Ashlea Kellner

7. Professions and Managers
Mike Dent

8. Evidence Based Management: Some Pros, Cons and Alternatives
Dennis Tourish

9. Managerial Work
Stefan Tengblad and Ola Edvin Vie

10. On Solutions to the Crisis in Management Education: Can Business Schools Improve the Effectiveness of Managers?
Jon Billsberry

11. The Role of Business Schools in Management Education
William Lightfoot

12. Organisational Knowledge and Knowledge Management
Daniele Chauvel and Geneviève Poulingue

13. A Manager-centred Perspective on Organisational Work-life Agendas
Paula MacDonald and Abby Catchcart

14. Managing Diversity for Creativity and Innovation in a Complex World
Renata Kaminska and Béatrice Toustou

15. Managing Managers Across Cultures: Different Values, Different Ethics
Terence Jackson

16. Women in Management
Robin Kramar

17. Global Comparison of Management Practices
Renu Agarwal, Chris Bajada, Paul James Brown and Roy Green

18. Managers in Developing Countries
Rabi Narayan Kar, Sumati Varma and Gabriele Suder