Principles of Management
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN 13: 9780998625775
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The Principles of Management text is very comprehensive compared to the McGraw Hill textbook Management: Leading and Collaborating in a Competitive World 12 ed. As I compare the chapters it has all the topics that I teach in my Principles of... read more
The Principles of Management text is very comprehensive compared to the McGraw Hill textbook Management: Leading and Collaborating in a Competitive World 12 ed. As I compare the chapters it has all the topics that I teach in my Principles of Management class (MGT: Management Theory) and its Table of Contents mirrors my existing textbook very well. 1. Managing and Performing (same) 2. Managerial Decision-Making (maps to Chapter 3) 3. The History of Management 4. External and Internal Organizational Environments and Corporate Culture (maps to Chapter 2) 5. Ethics, Corporate Responsibility, and Sustainability (same) 6. International Management (same) 7. Entrepreneurship (same) 8. Strategic Analysis: Understanding a Firm's Competitive Environment 9. The Strategic Management Process: Achieving and Sustaining Competitive Advantage 10. Organizational Structure and Change (maps to Chapters 8 & 18) 11. Human Resource Management (maps to Chapter 10) 12. Diversity in Organizations (maps to Chapter 11) 13. Leadership (maps to Chapter 12) 14. Work Motivation for Performance (maps to Chapter 13) 15. Managing Teams (maps to Chapter 14) 16. Managerial Communication (maps to Chapter 15) 17. Organizational Planning and Controlling (maps to Chapter 16 but I don’t use this one) 18. Management of Technology and Innovation (maps to Chapter 17 but I don’t use this one) I like that the OpenStax textbook has Chapter 3 on the History of Management as I do cover this topic and have used other resources as a supplement to my current textbook. The OpenStax Management textbook reading level is a good fit for my students and the examples are modern and relatable to my students who live in a large U.S. city. The PDF and iOS application versions are colorful and easy to read with inviting graphics, tables and illustrations. I find the textbook a great substitute for the publisher versions I have used or reviewed. My department also uses the Cengage textbook by Daft and I have considered books by Pearson, Wiley and Sage.
I found zero issues with the accuracy of the book with respect to the management concepts or discussion of organizations and leaders outside the typical lionization of the largest companies and most famous founders. This text has a modern approach and due to the ethical discussions in each chapter does a nice job of helping students to critically examine today's examplar companies (like Uber) who also have had several management problems. I would single out the coverage of Uber in this text as it raises points that I have brought up in my lectures as a counterpoint to coverage in other older editions of books.
The book's corporate examples are very relevant in terms of industry and sector coverage and the timeliness of the cases presented. Attempts are made to include multiple geographies and diversity in the examples of managers and leaders. It has a very fresh feel to it as I sampled each chapter and the boxed features are particularly relevant and useful teaching tools.
The language is very clean, clear, and precise. The prose is lucid and accessible. The jargon is defined and summarized at the end of the chapter as this language is key management language the student is expected to master in the course. The multiple examples and illustrations provide the needed context.
I see no issues with consistency. The book defines key terms and uses them throughout the book. This helps with its clarity. This is rarely an issue I encounter outside very specialized courses that cover newer material with few textbooks available.
The modularity is on-par with the best textbooks. Both a detailed and a short table of contents are included and I find these essential when designing my course, particularly when adapting to asynchronous online classes. This textbook is VERY modular and would be easy to adapt to my summer and accelerated versions of my course.
The chapters are very logical and clear. The level of coverage is longer than very short textbooks and is not missing any key concepts that I cover in a 15-week course. My current textbook has greater coverage, but nothing essential is lost in this version and I am finding by editions 12-15 the larger textbooks are getting a bit bloated to ensure they have everything any instructor might want which can lead to longer reading time for my students. I like these three in-text examples of how to apply each chapter's concepts very much: Ethics in Practice Managing Change Managerial Leadership There are others that are useful around sustainability and entrepreneurship but I would not use all of them. These sections are very helpful for my students when reviewing what they learned: Concept Check Key Terms Summary of Learning Objectives Chapter Review Questions Finally, I like having three choices of cases and exercises that I might use in-class or as homework. Management Skills Application Exercises Managerial Decision Exercises Critical Thinking Case
Very easy to navigate. The information is organized very well in each chapter. However, students may be losing their ability to read as I did so attention should be paid to supporting software such as video and interactive elements that gamify key concepts and their application. As an example Exhibit 2.6 has a very easy to follow ethical decision tree. The lines are a bit faint but the overall impact is very clear. Shading might help with tables, but this might also hamper screen readers so I understand there is a balance to consider when using colors.
I found no grammatical errors. This is a great final product. The writing is clear and concise.
The first photo is very white. This sets the tone for the book and might send a signal to my students who are mostly students of color. I understand the orchestra metaphor, but the next version could seek out a more diverse group of performers. The second photo is of Howard Shultz, CEO of a company I respect, but again a message may be coming through. By chapter 2 there is a photo in Asian country and more diversity so the book appears to have made an effort and the company and leader examples overall are diverse and include multiple cultures. The graphics of people are more diverse than the photos.
The one area of concern would be the lack of adaptive online teaching support tools such as LearnSmart/Smartbook and the interactive exercises. These tools greatly increase my student engagement and my 10 years of classroom observation and research shows that my busy, working students typically read less than 25% of a textbook if I don’t require weekly reading with graded quizzes and assignments based on the material from the textbook. The performance on my cumulative, closed-book proctored final exam questions based on the textbook has increased from a class average of 69-71% to about 80% by using the adaptive learning and interactive tools on a weekly basis. As a result, it will be hard to eliminate those tools from my course. If my student behaviors shift and I could expect them to read each week I could easily adopt this textbook. Alternatively, if OpenStax created similar software tools then I could also make the change.
At first, eighteen chapters may appear overwhelming to cover in one semester. After reviewing the chapters and topics though, this would provide an opportunity to cover different chapters as needed. I have read other management textbooks in a... read more
At first, eighteen chapters may appear overwhelming to cover in one semester. After reviewing the chapters and topics though, this would provide an opportunity to cover different chapters as needed. I have read other management textbooks in a very linear format, starting with history and covering the four management functions in order. This textbook allows more flexibility in teaching and learning.
The content is accurate and error-free. I was delighted to see a chapter on entrepreneurship with focus on small businesses. It is true that larger organizations have more teams to manage, but I do have many students with interests in starting a small business or start working at a small to mid-size company.
This textbook has both timeless content (e.g., history of management) and more recent topics (e.g., corporate social responsibility). In addition to having many well-known companies as examples, it was great seeing Malden Mills captured in servant leadership section because many of my students are from Lawrence, MA or have been there from living in New England. The content often becomes more meaningful for students when they can connect with it.
The content is easy to follow and accessible for students. I have used a different OER textbook for Intro to Business courses and the format is similar.
After a chapter or two, it will be fairly clear for students to understand how the chapters are set up.
The clear format of this textbook makes it easy for me to assign sections and for students to find the sections. Sometimes, in other textbooks, there are images or text boxes in the corner of a page and I have seen students missing them. This is much more straight forward, top to bottom, and left to right.
I find the chapters and topics non-linear, but definitely not random. The order appears logical and purposeful to keep students engaged.
As my students often use different devices, I also tested this textbook using different devices. There were no navigation problems.
I did not notice any grammatical errors.
More in "International Management" and "Diversity in Organizations" chapters, the textbook covers many current issues affecting both individuals and organizations. Students often come having different knowledge on various topics. The learning content having historical facts, examples of different interpretations, and even topics that go beyond the surface level, will hopefully lead to students developing diverse thinking.
The learning outcomes I have often seen in other textbooks are statements so students often read them and accept them as is. I appreciated the learning outcomes written as questions. I believe this will lead to students exploring for answers and different options as they read the textbook.
The Principles of Management text is very comprehensive in that it covers a wide ranging amount of material. Actually, I was quite impressed with the depth provided to each content area. The terms and assorted exercises at the end of each... read more
The Principles of Management text is very comprehensive in that it covers a wide ranging amount of material. Actually, I was quite impressed with the depth provided to each content area. The terms and assorted exercises at the end of each chapter provide an excellent review of topics.
Upon inspection, no errors were observed by this reviewer.
Many current real-world examples of management are supplied throughout the text to accentuate the subject matter. Particularly, illustrations covered organizations such as Amazon, McDonald's, Hasbro, and Uber.
The text was presented in a logical fashion and was very easy to read and comprehend.
The text consistently covered all aspects of management and was careful to include ethical considerations in every chapter.
The content was well assembled and could be referenced in many different class formats, which this reviewer found extremely beneficial. Also, the tables, pictures, and examples further enhanced the credibility of the content.
The subject matter was well organized and chapter topics can be easily retrieved from the table of contents in either an online version or a PDF.
No interface issues were experienced by this reviewer on multiple occasions on a variety of devices- tablet, laptop, or desktop.
This reviewer did not observe any grammatical issues.
This reviewer did not notice any offensive or insensitive material.
Overall, this reviewer found this text to be packed with great information about management issues. Along that line, it seemed that the text could function as the main text in a management course or as a supplementary resource as well. Moreover, the chapter content identified its course learning outcomes at the outset and circled back around to drive home key issues in corresponding chapter summaries. In light of the importance of assessment in today's educational climate, this feature was particularly noteworthy.
True to the nature of OER, I was searching for material on managerial decision-making and I primarily focused on Chapters 1 - 3 of this textbook (with special attention to Chapter 2). Chapter 2 is quite comprehensive on the topic of managerial... read more
True to the nature of OER, I was searching for material on managerial decision-making and I primarily focused on Chapters 1 - 3 of this textbook (with special attention to Chapter 2). Chapter 2 is quite comprehensive on the topic of managerial decision-making and meets my needs as a course developer and instructor. It appears the entire textbook addresses a vast number of management topics thoroughly. I look forward to returning to this textbook in the future as I develop additional courses.
The content is accurate and unbiased.
Much of the content is foundational and timeless. The real-world stories taken from business and industry incorporated into the chapters are powerful; linking concepts to reality. Necessary updates to the real-world examples should be relatively easy to implement. As a course developer that intends to use this textbook for a variety of courses, I am hopeful that the examples in the textbook will be continuously updated to remain as valid illustrations of concepts in practice.
The textbook's writing style is understandable, durable, and straightforward. The content flows easily and should be agreeable to a wide audience.
Consistency is a strength of this textbook. The structure of the chapters is arranged nicely around the learning outcomes (formatted as questions at the beginning of each chapter). This framework is consistent throughout the entire textbook. The alignment of the learning outcomes to the subsequent text is clear as the reader progresses through the chapter(s).
The chapters are configured nicely with sections of foundational content, business and industry examples (stories), Concept Checks, exhibits, tables, and end-of-chapter reviews and activities. The modularity of the text brings a nice variety to the reading.
Again, the organization of the chapters has created relevant and applicable content.
Navigation was effortless and I did not encounter any display errors.
I did not find any grammatical errors.
The content of this book is inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
This textbook is rich in content. I am looking forward to returning to the textbook as I create future courses on management. I appreciate the effort the authors put into this textbook's formatting and relevancy. This is a rich tool for all management instructors.
Table of Contents
- 1. Managing and Performing
- 2. Managerial Decision-Making
- 3. The History of Management
- 4. External and Internal Organizational Environments and Corporate Culture
- 5. Ethics, Corporate Responsibility, and Sustainability
- 6. International Management
- 7. Entrepreneurship
- 8. Strategic Analysis: Understanding a Firm's Competitive Environment
- 9. The Strategic Management Process: Achieving and Sustaining Competitive Advantage
- 10. Organizational Structure and Change
- 11. Human Resource Management
- 12. Diversity in Organizations
- 13. Leadership
- 14. Work Motivation for Performance
- 15. Managing Teams
- 16. Managerial Communication
- 17. Organizational Planning and Controlling
- 18. Management of Technology and Innovation
About the Book
Principles of Management is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the introductory course on management. This is a traditional approach to management using the leading, planning, organizing, and controlling approach. Management is a broad business discipline, and the Principles of Management course covers many management areas such as human resource management and strategic management, as well behavioral areas such as motivation. No one individual can be an expert in all areas of management, so an additional benefit of this text is that specialists in a variety of areas have authored individual chapters.