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Understanding Management 10th Edition

Richard L. Daft, Dorothy Marcic

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2015
  • 752 Pages
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Prepare students for management success with this engaging survey of modern management practice. UNDERSTANDING MANAGEMENT, 10E, seamlessly integrates classic management principles with today's latest management ideas to create a current market-leading text. Acclaimed authors Richard Daft and Dorothy Marcic cover management and entrepreneurial issues within small to midsize companies, where most students begin their careers, as well as within larger global enterprises. Students gain valuable insights into real contemporary business as they examine today's best management practices. This edition helps students establish and build on practical skills they can readily apply to future or current careers. Engaging examples and numerous skill-building and application exercises in every chapter help students deepen their understanding and refine their management abilities. With a streamlined format, this edition takes a close look at how change demands innovation and how innovation requires forward-thinking, flexible leaders and organizations. The complete ancillary package and high-impact digital options available with this edition, including MindTap® and Write Experience provides flexibility and solid support for your course as you use it to prepare today's students to seize business opportunities and lead change.

Richard L. Daft, Vanderbilt University

Richard L. Daft, Ph.D., is the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management and Principal Senior Lecturer in the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where he specializes in the study of leadership and organization theory. Dr. Daft is a fellow of the Academy of Management and has served on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Journal of Management Education. He was associate editor-in-chief of Organization Science and associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly. Dr. Daft has authored or co-authored 13 books, including The Executive and the Elephant, Organization Theory and Design, and Management. He also has authored dozens of scholarly articles, papers, and chapters, and he has published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management; Accounting, Organizations and Society, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, and Organizational Behavior Teaching Review. Dr. Daft has received several government research grants in organization design, organizational innovation and change, strategy implementation, and organizational information processing. An active teacher and respected consultant, Dr. Daft has served as associate dean and helped manage a start-up enterprise. He has been involved in management development and consulting for numerous organizations, including the American Banking Association, AutoZone, Bridgestone, Vulcan Materials, TVA, Pratt & Whitney, Allstate Insurance, State Farm Insurance, the United States Air Force, the U.S. Army, Central Parking System, USAA, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dorothy Marcic, Vanderbilt University

Dorothy Marcic, EdD, MPH, is a professor at Columbia University and a former faculty member at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Marcic is also a former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics in Prague and the Czech Management Center, where she taught courses and did research in leadership, organizational behavior, and cross-cultural management. She teaches courses at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies and at the University of Economics in Prague, and she has taught courses and given presentations at the Helsinki School of Economics, Slovenia Management Center, College of Trade in Bulgaria, City University of Slovakia, Landegg Institute in Switzerland, the Swedish Management Association, Technion University in Israel, and the London School of Economics. She has served on the boards of the Organizational Teaching Society, the Health Administration Section of the American Public Health Association, and the Journal of Applied Business Research. Dr. Marcic has authored 12 books, including Organizational Behavior: Experiences and Cases, (South-Western Publishing, 6th Edition, 2001), Management International (West Publishing, 1984), Women and Men in Organizations (George Washington University, 1984), and Managing with the Wisdom of Love: Uncovering the Virtue in People and Organizations (Jossey-Bass, 1997), which was rated one of the top 10 business books of 1997 by Management General. In addition, she has had dozens of articles printed in publications such as Journal of Management Development, International Quarterly of Community Health Education, Psychological Reports, and Executive Development. Professor Marcic has conducted hundreds of seminars on various business topics and consulted for executives at various companies.
  • A bonus feature looks at how companies are using smart management practices to reduce their impact on the planet. The Green Power boxed feature in every chapter highlights companies such as Nike using its Considered Design Index to monitor the total environmental impact of the running shoe production cycle, GE's creating labs for innovative sustainability research, and Burt's Bees committing to a "zero-waste, zero-carbon" goal by 2020.
  • In-text examples, highlighted with blue brackets, have always provided outstanding illustrations of forward-thinking businesses. In the 10th edition, the companies featured in this section have been updated to represent a broader range of large and small companies as well as international firms. Students will recognize familiar powerhouses such as Toyota, JetBlue, Trader Joe's, and Gap Inc. and will be introduced to an array of smaller international firms, such as Bremen Castings, Inc., Godrej & Boyce, Semco, and Illumination Entertainment.
  • Manager's Self-Test and Spotlight on Skills are two of students' favorite features appearing in every chapter of the book, and many of these features have been updated to reflect the latest in management thinking. New Spotlight on Skills topics include goal-setting, time-management tips, creative problem-solving, and ace interviewing techniques. New Manager's Self-Tests explore students' aptitude for servant leadership, teach them how to delegate, and help them develop a personal mission statement.
  • MindTap is a digital solution developed with the goal of getting students to think and act like managers. Through these activities and real-time course analytics, and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie cutter into cutting edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers.
  • A short chapter-opening questionnaire asks students to take a brief personal inventory before they dive into chapter topics, bringing management principles to the forefront through self-assessment.
  • At the end of each major section of a chapter is a Remember This bullet-point summary of the key concepts, ideas, and terms discussed in that section.
  • An "On the Job" Applied Video Case in each chapter features real-world managers performing their duties in actual business environments. Managers candidly discuss today's challenges and share professional insights during brief interviews.
  • Throughout this edition, "The Executive Edge" features highlight effective techniques that outstanding managers and companies have developed. "Spotlight On Skills" boxes focus on key practices at work throughout today's diverse organizations. These proven learning features and others help students better understand the value and practical application of the key management concepts they're learning for today's business success.
1. The World of Innovative Management.
2. The Environment and Corporate Culture.
3. Managing in a Global Environment.
4. Managing Ethics and Social Responsibility.
5. Planning and Goal Setting.
6. Managerial Decision Making.
7. Designing Organization Structure.
8. Managing Change and Innovation.
9. Managing Human Resources and Diversity.
10. Understanding Individual Behavior.
11. Leadership.
12. Motivating Employees.
13. Managing Communication.
14. Leading Teams.
15. Managing Quality and Performance.
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Instructor's Companion Website

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