Book competition

Do you have a favourite ‘management bible’ that’s permanently on your bookshelf? Share your knowledge with the rest of the HR community. The reader who writes the most dazzling review of their favourite management book or gives the most detailed response will win all five of the titles featured below in this week’s giveaway.

Guide to Organisation Design
Naomi Stanford
Price: £20
Publisher: Profile Books
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1861978022

Risk of failure can be greatly reduced through effective organisational design that encourages high performance and adaptability to changing circumstances. This Economist guide explores the five principles of effective organisation design, which are that it must be: driven by the business strategy and the operating context involve holistic thinking about the organisation for the future rather than for now not undertaken lightly and seen as a fundamental process, not a repair job.

Managing Change
Richard Newton
Price: £14.99
Publisher: Prentice-Hall
Pages: 264
ISBN: 0273711776

Change management is not a single, coherent and agreed-upon approach but an assortment of tools, techniques, methods and simple good intentions. The problems with change management are at all levels of management, and many people have roles that require them to not only perform the traditional day-to-day tasks associated with being a manager, but also to deliver ongoing change in their teams, departments or divisions. They want straightforward and practical advice that is easy to understand and can be applied immediately. This book shows how change management can be constructively approached using a practical framework.

The Director’s Handbook
Institute of Directors, Pinsent Masons, edited by Martin Webster
Price: £25
Publisher: Kogan Page
Pages: 208
ISBN: 0749449829

This book provides a practical guide to key issues facing board directors and senior business decision-makers. With far-reaching changes in director duties and other principles of company law, this new edition updates and explains the laws that affect the way every director does their job. It deals with all aspects of a company director’s role, duties, responsibilities and liabilities within the context of the current law and good practice. Written by leading experts and fully supported by research findings, it also contains case studies (named and unnamed) from a range of companies and sectors.

A Handbook of Employee Reward Management and Practice
Michael Armstrong
Price: £27.50
Publisher: Kogan Page
Pages: 548 pages
ISBN: 0749449624

A guide for practitioners involved in developing and managing reward strategies, policies and procedures, and for students of employee reward. Aligned with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s professional standards for employee reward, this book is an aid for students and lecturers as well as a practical guide for HR and reward management professionals. It focuses on key theories and best practice for employee reward and contains new research, as well as more than 30 case study examples and up-to-date guidance on current legislation.

The CEO – Turning Hierarchy Upside Down to Drive Performance
John Smythe
Price: £25
Publisher: Gower Publishing
Pages: 250
ISBN: 0566085615

You may be a senior executive wondering how to engage hundreds or thousands of employees in your vision, strategy or the transformation of the business or a specialist in HR, communication and change. This book recognises the value of opening up decision-making to the right groups to improve the quality of decisions and change, accelerate execution and broaden ownership. The book includes a tapestry of reports from organisations who are engaging their employees to drive performance and change.

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