Human Services as Complex Organizations

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Author: Yeheskel Hasenfeld

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412956935

Category: Complex organizations

Page: 595

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Since the first edition was published in 1992, there has been a tremendous amount of change in the arena of human services organizations. This book in many ways laid a critical framework of viewing human service organizations as a separate entity than mainstream organizations and management. It sets the foundation to view human services differently because human services organizations work on people and therefore have a different set of principles to take into consideration. It presented the idea of viewing human services organizations as organizations that process people as raw material (people processing or people changing). The new edition will pay particular attention to the cultural perspective and social justice as well as the feminist approach and the view that human services organizations are gendered (i.e., that mostly women work in human services except for men in management). It also will address the issue of advocacy and agents of social change.

Human Services as Complex Organizations

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Author: Yeheskel Hasenfeld

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483351467

Category: Social Science

Page: 608

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"Hasenfeld has done it again. An excellent collection of essays on many of the most important trends and issues involving human service organizations." —Mayer N. Zald, Professor (emeritus), Sociology, Social Work, and Management, University of Michigan The Second Edition of this best-selling text provides a comprehensive and state-of-the-art perspective on human service organizations. This vanguard collection weaves the latest theoretical and empirical studies in macro theory with contemporary examples from hospitals, schools, social service organizations, mental health centers, and public welfare agencies. Blending theory with application, this outstanding anthology highlights the moral choices and accomplishments made by human service organizations. Key Features of This Edition Presents the latest theoretical and empirical studies on human service organizations, offering students key analytical tools to study and understand human behavior in various contexts. Introduces important new topics, such as the impact of the policy environment, emotional labor, and advocacy Offers students a new perspective with original studies on organizational ideologies, conditions of work, structuration of service technologies, diversity, and discretion. Intended Audience This exceptional compilation of the best theoretical and empirical studies on human service organizations is indispensable to graduate students and scholars of organization studies, organizational behavior, and Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

Human Services as Complex Organizations

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Author: Yeheskel Hasenfeld

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803940659

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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With examples from a variety of organizations - such as social service agencies, hospitals, schools, child guidance clinics and family service agencies - this volume examines current theory on human services as complex organizations. The contributors emphasize how organizational characteristics affect the delivery of services and the patterns of relations between staff and clients. They also address structural features shared by organizations, including high frequency of staff stress and burnout and problems of effectiveness evaluation.

Human Services as Complex Organizations

Business, Business

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Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 146723074X

Category: Education

Page: 74

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Facts101 is your complete guide to Human Services as Complex Organizations. In this book, you will learn topics such as as those in your book plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.

Organization Practice

A Guide to Understanding Human Service Organizations

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Author: Mary Katherine O'Connor,F. Ellen Netting

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470495537

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

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Human service organizations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that their programs work. Organization Practice, Second Edition helps students and professionals in human services and nonprofit management understand complex behaviors in organizations. This new edition provides a new, practical model for understanding cultural identities within organizations. Also, it is significantly revised to include numerous real-world cases, critical thinking questions, empirical support, and engaging exercises. Social workers, as well as public health and nonprofit administrators will benefit from the insights in this book.

Organizational Change and Development in Human Service Organizations

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Author: David Bargal,Hillel Schmid

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113658501X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 212

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Through change and development, human service organizations can promote the well-being of their clients more effectively. This important book describes and analyzes recent research on organizational change and development in the social and human services. It is particularly relevant in light of the significant changes in these organizations during the last decade and the lack of literature in the area. Organizational Change and Development in Human Service Organizations brings together the work of scholars who deal with social welfare administration and change in human services, combining research studies with theoretical approaches to change and development. It helps readers better understand the process of change and the role of the environment in creating change. Insightful chapters encourage practitioners, scholars, and students to plan change in organizations, utilize models of change and organizational development in real life, and evaluate change and its results and impacts. This much-needed book addresses a variety of topics, including: the uses of force field analysis in assessing prospects for organizational change planned change in voluntary and government social service agencies interorganizational coordination of services to children in state custody early stages in the creation of self-help organizations organization and community transformation organizational development in public social services strategic and structural change in human service organizations a developmental approach to program evaluation Many readers will find the information in Organizational Change and Development in Human Service Organizations to be extremely beneficial in their daily work. Covering the important issues, it gives readers a deeper insight into the processes of change and development so they can provide better services to their clients. This book is a vital resource for social workers, professionals in public administration, individuals involved in MSW programs, and students in the social sciences, including sociology and political science.

Managing the Challenges in Human Service Organizations

A Casebook

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Author: Michael J. Austin,Ralph Brody,Thomas Packard

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 141294127X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 284

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Specializing in decisions managers need to make under trying circumstances, this casebook prepares current and aspiring managers for the kinds of experiences they are likely to encounter. The cases are inspired by real situations, and are disguised to respect the privacy of the parties involved. The cases in this book are designed to encourage the student to determine how they would act and work towards a resolution of the dilemmas presented.

Strategy Execution

Translating Strategy Into Action in Complex Organizations

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Author: Andrew MacLennan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136940561

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

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Strategy execution is one of the most important and exciting topics in management. Implementing strategy in today's complex organizations is an enormous challenge but one that all leaders must tackle. This lively book is an essential guide to strategy execution for practicing managers and those in advanced management education. It combines the rigour of advanced research with the accessibility of practical experience and application to lead readers through the subject. Drawing together existing knowledge and reporting findings from his own research, Andrew MacLennan brings this often neglected topic sharply into focus. After introducing and defining strategy execution, the book presents a series of systematic frameworks to help managers and leaders: identify common strategy execution barriers and diagnose performance problems in particular situations translate conceptual strategies into concrete activities align emergent activities and projects with strategic objectives support critical activities by aligning organizational designs and systems Strategy Execution is an insightful, engaging and practical book. The models are supplemented throughout with real world examples, summaries of key issues and signposts to further readings. It is a comprehensive, easy to use book offering students and practitioners a systematic approach to strategy implementation.

Developing Human Service Leaders

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Author: Deborah Harley-McClaskey

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483393127

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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Developing Human Service Leaders is an empowering text for human services students that covers the skills and behaviors essential for leaders to manage themselves, their teams, and the organization. Using a unique coaching voice, author Deborah Harley-McClaskey follows a Reflection–Diagnosis–Prescription approach for leadership development with exercises built into the dialogue. The final chapter, Prognosis, offers a workbook-style exercise to help students make a personal change.

Team Effectiveness In Complex Organizations

Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives and Approaches

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Author: Eduardo Salas,Pegasus Professor and University Trustee Chair Department of Psychology Eduardo Salas, PhD,Gerald F. Goodwin,C. Shawn Burke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135596565

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 624

View: 1978

Over the past 40 years, there has been a growing trend toward the utilization of teams for accomplishing work in organizations. Project teams, self-managed work teams and top management teams, among others have become a regular element in the corporation or military. This volume is intended to provide an overview of the current state of the art research on team effectiveness.

Managing Human Resources in Health Care Organizations

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Author: Leiyu Shi

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 1449661319

Category: Medical

Page: 412

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Light on complex theoretical language, this relevant, accessible text offers a hands-on approach to studying human resources in various healthcare systems such as hospitals, integrated healthcare systems, managed care settings, private practices, and public health clinics. The book can be used as a stand-alone textbook in undergraduate or graduate level courses on human resources. With its practice-oriented approach, it is also a valuable resource for current health care organizations.

Complex Knowledge

Studies in Organizational Epistemology

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Author: Haridimos Tsoukas

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199275572

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 414

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"In this book Haridimos Tsoukas examines the nature of knowledge in organizations, and how individuals and scholars approach the concept of knowledge"--Provided by publisher.

Making an Issue of Child Abuse

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Author: Barbara J. Nelson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022622001X

Category: Political Science

Page: 184

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In this absorbing story of how child abuse grew from a small, private-sector charity concern into a multimillion-dollar social welfare issue, Barbara Nelson provides important new perspectives on the process of public agenda setting. Using extensive personal interviews and detailed archival research, she reconstructs an invaluable history of child abuse policy in America. She shows how the mass media presented child abuse to the public, how government agencies acted and interacted, and how state and national legislatures were spurred to strong action on this issue. Nelson examines prevailing theories about agenda setting and introduces a new conceptual framework for understanding how a social issue becomes part of the public agenda. This issue of child abuse, she argues, clearly reveals the scope and limitations of social change initiated through interest-group politics. Unfortunately, the process that transforms an issue into a popular cause, Nelson concludes, brings about programs that ultimately address only the symptoms and not the roots of such social problems.

Leadership in Chaordic Organizations

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Author: Beverly G. McCarter,Brian E. White

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1420074180

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 311

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Supplying a clear vision of how to build high-performance teams, Leadership in Chaordic Organizations presents methods for improving operations through the application of complex systems engineering principles and psychological counseling techniques. Ideal for systems engineers, organizational managers, coaches, and psychologists, it addresses the fundamental issue of the human condition in systems development. The book considers the dynamic variables inherent in the human condition and how they impact group dynamics. Helping you to demystify complex system behaviors, it details an approach to leadership that integrates elements of neurobiology, systems engineering, complexity science, philosophy, and evolutionary and social psychology. It defines complexity and its impact on the organization and also explains how conflict can actually be constructive in group settings. Sharing helpful tips on how to build trust in today’s environment, the book also: Describes how the human condition affects group dynamics Lays out current problems and outlines workable solutions Shares a new vision of high-performance teams Illuminates theory with applications Illustrating what teams and collaborative groups look like in a decentralized environment, the text introduces a highly effective group communications process invented by Richard Knowles—describing its use in designing 3D Immersive Learning Environments that enable complex emergence in dynamic interactive simulations. It also discusses complex human systems (Wicked Problems) and the potential of multi-user virtual environments to provide the transformative vision needed to fully engage all employees in your drive to make your organization more effective, efficient, and sustainable.

Complex Organizations

A Critical Essay

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Author: Charles Perrow

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781626549029

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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A classic text in sociology, "Complex Organizations" provides a succinct overview of the principal schools of thought of organizational theories, placing each into critical, historical, and cultural context. Vividly written, with many specific, student-oriented examples, "Complex Organizations" offers a critical perspective on organizations, analyzing their impact on individuals, groups, and society as a whole. Charles Perrow's cogent examination of organizational theory has bridged the gap between two academic disciplines, sociology and business administration, and has won over readers (including many students) with its enthusiasm for the subject. Charles Perrow is professor emeritus of sociology at Yale University and visiting professor at Stanford University. His interests include the development of bureaucracy in the 19th century, protecting the nation's critical infrastructure, the prospects for democratic work organizations, and the origins of American capitalism. "In a very real sense, this book is in a class by itself. . . . It has achieved the status of a 'classic.' . . . There is no other single volume which provides such a thoughtful and incisive critique of organizational theory." -Robert Rothman, Professor Department of SociologyUniversity of Delaware "As a work that has influenced the field, "Complex Organizations" is in a sparse, distinguished company. It is widely known and cited and is taken seriously as an articulate critique of much of its field. Its strength lies in its intelligence, its irreverence, and its author's reputation. There is much here, by way of analysis and critique that simply cannot be found in other texts." -Steven Kerr, Associate DeanSchool of Business AdministrationUniversity of Southern California

Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness

A Practical Guide

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Author: Donald M. Linhorst

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019517187X

Category: Psychology

Page: 353

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"Presents a model of empowerment and then applies it to seven areas that the have potential to empower people with severe mental illness, including treatment planning, housing, employment, and others. Provides practitioners, administrators, and policymake

Learning in Action

A Guide to Putting the Learning Organization to Work

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Author: David A. Garvin

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 1633690393

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Most managers today understand the value of building a learning organization. Their goal is to leverage knowledge and make it a key corporate asset, yet they remain uncertain about how best to get started. What they lack are guidelines and tools that transform abstract theory—the learning organization as an ideal—into hands-on implementation. For the first time in Learning in Action, David Garvin helps managers make the leap from theory to proven practice. Garvin argues that at the heart of organizational learning lies a set of processes that can be designed, deployed, and led. He starts by describing the basic steps in every learning process—acquiring, interpreting, and applying knowledge—then examines the critical challenges facing managers at each of these stages and the various ways the challenges can be met. Drawing on decades of scholarship and a wealth of examples from a wide range of fields, Garvin next introduces three modes of learning—intelligence gathering, experience, and experimentation—and shows how each mode is most effectively deployed. These approaches are brought to life in complete, richly detailed case studies of learning in action at organizations such as Xerox, L. L. Bean, the U. S. Army, and GE. The book concludes with a discussion of the leadership role that senior executives must play to make learning a day-to-day reality in their organizations.

Multiculturalism in the United States

Current Issues, Contemporary Voices

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Author: Peter Kivisto,Georganne Rundblad

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452251746

Category: Social Science

Page: 568

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This reader focuses on the extremely current, important topic of racial and ethnic experiences in the United States today. Most of the essays were commissioned especially for this reader and have been prepared by some of the brightest voices in this cutting edge field. Instructors in search of a current, comprehensive multicultural reader will find this a valuable student resource whether it is the sole focus of their course or to be integrated into another content area.

The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication

Advances in Theory, Research, and Methods

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Author: Linda L. Putnam,Dennis K. Mumby

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 148331541X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 848

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Organizational communication as a field of study has grown tremendously over the past thirty years. This growth is characterized by the development and application of communication perspectives to research on complex organizations in rapidly changing environments. Completely re-conceptualized, The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication, Third Edition, is a landmark volume that weaves together the various threads of this interdisciplinary area of scholarship. This edition captures both the changing nature of the field, with its explosion of theoretical perspectives and research agendas, and the transformations that have occurred in organizational life with the emergence of new forms of work, globalization processes, and changing organizational forms. Exploring organizations as complex and dynamic, the Handbook brings a communication lens to bear on multiple organizing processes.