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Cengage Advantage Books: A Primer for Management, 2nd Edition

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  • Michael P. Dumler Illinois State University
  • Steven J. Skinner University of Kentucky
  • ISBN-10: 0324421419  |  ISBN-13: 9780324421415
  • 432 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $124.50



A PRIMER FOR MANAGEMENT, 2E is a concise introduction to the roles and responsibilities of management. Its brief format provides maximum instruction flexibility. You decide how best to enrich your curriculum--either by blending in your own material or by selecting from among the many supplemental offerings from South-Western. Beginning with an understanding of the management environment, you'll progress through the critical functions of managing: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Appropriate for use in an introductory class, as well as in an MBA refresher course. South-Western is a part of Cengage Learning.

Features and Benefits

  • Functional Organization: The text takes a traditional functional approach first by introducing the management environment and then the classic management functions: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. This traditional arrangement is a logical presentation of material for the reader and makes it easy to integrate into any course.
  • Management Highlights: There are Management Highlight features in each chapter--that spotlight critical information or tools--giving this important information greater emphasis for the reader.
  • Suggested Readings: For students interested in learning more about the topic presented in the chapter, a small selection of additional readings is provided at the end of each chapter.

Table of Contents

1. Management and Managers.
2. History of Management.
3. The Management Environment, Social Responsibility, and Ethics.
4. The Global Management Environment.
5. Decision Making.
6. Planning.
7. Strategy.
8. Organizational Structure and Design.
9. Job Analysis, Design, and Redesign.
10. Human Resource Management.
Part Four: LEADING.
11. Individual Behavior.
12. Motivation.
13. Leadership.
14. Interpersonal and Organizational Communications.
15. Groups, Processes, and Teams in Organizations.
16. Control Systems.
17. Managing Organizational Change and Development.

What's New

  • Key Terms & Definitions help clarify important text content and are noted in the bottom corner of the page on which they appear.
  • Discussion Questions encourage class participation and reinforce key concepts for each chapter.
  • Videos: Each chapter includes two short videos to illustrate (1) the main points through clips from popular films and (2) how real businesses apply management principles.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Powerpoint®  (ISBN-10: 0324380070 | ISBN-13: 9780324380071)

Available on the Instructor’s Resource CD-ROM or text website, these full-color slides provide instructors with a complete set of basic notes for lectures and give students a helpful set of review material.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael P. Dumler

Michael P. Dumler is a professor of management in the College of Business at Illinois State University. His teaching interests are in the areas of organization theory, organizational behavior, and business research methods. His research interests focus on organizational change, social comparison processes, organizational citizenship behaviors, and self-management as a substitute for leadership. He is particularly interested in the application of these research streams to management problems. Dr. Dumler has been the recipient of the College of Business Research Award and the University Research Initiative Award and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. He has made more than 40 presentations to professional organizations and has published more than 25 articles. His work has appeared in the Journal of Occupational Psychology, Psychological Reports, Administration and Society, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Business Communications, Journal of Management Systems, and Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, among others.

Steven J. Skinner

Steven J. Skinner is the Rosenthal Professor in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Management for over twenty years. He was previously on the faculty at Illinois State University and was formerly a research administrator for State Farm Insurance Companies. He has also consulted with a variety of large and small organizations. Dr. Skinner has authored or co-authored seven books, including the recently published High Performers: Recruiting and Retaining Top Employees (South-Western, 2004), part of South-Western's Professional Portfolio. Dr. Skinner's research has been published in a number of journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Business Research, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Risk and Insurance, and Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management. He has received the Mu Kappa Tau Award for the best article in Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management.