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Management: perspective and practice
Management: perspective and practice

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1 Exploring ideas

Sections 2 and 3 will help you to make sense of the effects of organisational structure and culture and of the impact of national culture on the way people manage and are managed. They are prefaced by sets of questions that pull together some of the major themes from the readings and points to consider. These questions may be helpful in developing your critical and analytical skills regarding the use of theory in relation to your practice.

If you think for a moment about your experiences of management, you could find instances where your organisation’s size, structure, culture, sector, environment or national/international context was very much a factor in how you responded to management issues.

In this section, you will learn some additional ways that theorists have approached the study of organisations, using metaphors that seem to get to the heart of the problem. In fact, later in this course, we’ll ask you to think about a metaphor for your own organisation.

To reflect on how potential organisational/people issues affect organisations, click on the outer edges of the onion diagram displayed below in order to learn more about context, culture and environment.

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Figure 1 Onion diagram
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