Book News: November 1st, 2000

Buchanan D, Badham RTargets the practising manager and the internal change agent. Explores the broad nature of power and politics in organisations, and presents a useful framework for the change agent who has to maintain credibility as an effective driver of change and as an astute political player. Explores the contemporary model of risk takers. Reviews the failures of the total quality management and business process re-engineering movements and notes the failures in these approaches to manage the organisational and management factors, particularly organisational politics. Shows that change agents need to be ‘political entrepreneurs’, combining political astuteness with critical self-reflection. Gives practical advice and recipes for managers. Provides valuable frameworks for reflection and advice for action

ISBN: 0761962220. Published by Sage. Price: 17 pounds 9