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Towards Organizational Fitness: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment

Gerry A. Randell John Toplis



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28 June 2014
Business ethics; Personnel & human resources management; Corporate governance & responsibilities
Work organizations can lose their fitness and become sick, just as people can. Just like people, they may become both physically and behaviourally sick; physically sick when plant and equipment breaks down or the money runs out; behaviourally sick when the resources are badly managed or the staff become alienated. Gerry Randell and John Toplis' Towards Organizational Fitness addresses two main issues: firstly, how to investigate and manage problems involving people at work - a task analogous to that of a medical doctor working with a sick patient; secondly, how to assess and develop the capability and fitness of an organization - like a medical doctor who wishes to improve a patient's health. The message of this book is clear, that organizations should not proceed to change any of their policies, procedures, processes or practices until a systematic thorough diagnosis of the root cause underpinning the need to change has taken place. The process of diagnosis that leads to a technically sound, administratively convenient, politically defensible and socially acceptable decision to change an organization in some way is fraught with difficulty. Towards Organizational Fitness provides managers with a conceptual and practical path through this complex and difficult arena.
By:   Gerry A. Randell, John Toplis
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 171mm, 
Weight:   522g
ISBN:   9781472422620
ISBN 10:   1472422627
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   28 June 2014
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Primary ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Contents: Preface; The need for organizational diagnosis and treatment; The lure of 'fashionable solutions'; Describing and understanding how organizations work; Preparing to diagnose and manage problems; Diagnosis; Identifying and evaluating possible strategies and treatments; Towards organizational fitness; Leadership - the first key to organizational fitness; Internal communications - the second key to organizational fitness; The way ahead; Appendices; Notes on chapters; Index.

Gerry Randell is Emeritus Professor, University of Bradford. Previously Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bradford School of Management; Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London; Research Psychologist for J. Lyons and Industrial Psychologist for LEO Computers. He is the recipient of the British Psychological Society's Professional Practice Board's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Division of Occupational Psychology LTAA. John Toplis first worked at the National Institute of Industrial Psychology where, as Head of Diagnostic Studies, he led numerous surveys and other studies. Subsequent appointments included Head of Psychological Services in the Post Office. He has received the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology Lifetime Achievement Award, and currently chairs a Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Reviews for Towards Organizational Fitness: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment

'Randell and Toplis are two occupational psychologists at the top of their game with a wealth of insight and stories between them. This book shares their distinct take on change in a practical and very readable way. It is not only a master class challenging the how and why of organisational change, but also offers a unique historical journey into some of the key evolutions in management theories. Through its problem based approach it masterfully outlines and questions our approaches to change in compelling ways. It considers how to find the evidence to better diagnose the real issues that organisations often miss. The final chapters in particular distil two of the hottest issues within fit organisations - leadership and communication. It is a book that will provide an invaluable resource with stories galore to make you reflect and think of change.'Prof. Rosalind Searle, Director Centre for Trust and Ethical Behaviour, Coventry University, UK 'Five seagoing and shore Commands in the Royal Navy, plus being Chairman of Trustees of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, equipped me with a wealth of experience in leadership and management, but I wish that this superbly practical book on organizational fitness had been available when subsequently I was the Chief Executive of the national charity, Sue Ryder Care, during what was a particularly challenging five year period in its history.'Rear Admiral Iain Henderson, former Chief Executive of Sue Ryder Care

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