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Management Lessons from Game of Thrones

Organization Theory and Strategy in Westeros

9781839105289 Edward Elgar Publishing
Fiona Moore, Professor of Business Anthropology, School of Business and Management, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Publication Date: July 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 528 9 Extent: c 136 pp
This intriguing and absorbing book takes a look at aspects of Westerosi society and politics from an anthropological and organizational studies angle. It shows both how management theory influenced the world-building in the Game of Thrones franchise, and also how students, academics and managers can draw on the series to further enhance their understanding of concepts in human resource management and organization theory.

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This intriguing and absorbing book takes a look at aspects of Westerosi society and politics from an anthropological and organizational studies angle. It shows both how management theory influenced the world-building in the Game of Thrones franchise, and also how students, academics and managers can draw on the series to further enhance their understanding of concepts in human resource management and organization theory.

Based on a detailed knowledge of Game of Thrones but grounded in serious management research, Fiona Moore provides a tour of the organizations, leaders and followers in Westeros, giving insights into the fantasy kingdom as well as important lessons managers can use in their own careers. Providing a brief and enjoyable introduction to management and organization theory, the book then discusses how and why modern management concepts can be seen in Game of Thrones, exploring concepts such as leadership, strategy and human resource management through a unique lens.

Unconventional in its approach, this book will prove a key resource for students and scholars in areas such as business leadership, human resource management and organization studies looking for new and entertaining ways of understanding the theory behind management.
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‘Contrasting leadership styles, charismatic CEOs, toxic hierarchies and contested takeovers: these are the timbers that underpin the narratives of Game of Thrones and business school curricula. If we learn best through stories that bring to vivid life the key principles of human existence, then the analysis of contemporary capitalism, global enterprise and the humane management of people within systems all come brilliantly to life in Fiona Moore’s lively, accessible and intriguing introduction to organizational theory. Shaped by the multiple storylines of Game of Thrones, it is a must-read for show fans and management students alike.’
– Carolyne Larrington, University of Oxford, UK
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Contents: Introduction to Management Lessons from Game of Thrones 1. “You know nothing, Jon Snow!” Organization theory and Westeros 2. The King in the North and the King in the South: types of organizations 3. Mother of Dragons: leadership, promotion and succession planning 4. All men must serve: human resource management 5. The Lannisters send their regards: strategy, mergers and acquisitions, or weddings and warfare 6. And now my watch has ended: fantasy and management Epilogue: If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention References Index
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