Human Services as Complex Organizations


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

Business, Business
Author: CTI Reviews
Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews
ISBN: 146723074X
Category: Education
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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.

Organizational Change and Development in Human Service Organizations


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.

Organization Practice

A Guide to Understanding Human Service Organizations
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.

Managing the Challenges in Human Service Organizations

A Casebook
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.

Team Effectiveness In Complex Organizations

Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives and Approaches
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
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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.

Mobilizing for Peace

Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, and South Africa
Author: Benjamin Gidron
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195125924
Category: Political Science
Page: 290
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Focusing on the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Northern Ireland, South Africa & Israel/Palestine, the contributors investigate the nature of these organizations & how their social systems influence their functions & structures.

Developing Human Service Leaders


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.

Strategy Execution

Translating Strategy Into Action in Complex Organizations
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.

Managing Human Resources in Health Care Organizations


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.

Making an Issue of Child Abuse


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.

The Handbook of Human Services Management


Author: Rino J. Patti
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412952913
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 519
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Focusing on an effectiveness-driven approach to management in the human services, Rino J. Patti's The Handbook of Human Services Management, Second Edition explores the latest information on practice innovations, theoretical perspectives, and empirical research to provide an essential perspective on what managers do to create and sustain organizations that deliver high quality, effective services to consumers. Offering the most comprehensive coverage of human services management available today, this second edition includes 24 chapters authored by distinguished practitioners and scholars in human services management: 10 that are entirely new and 14 that have been extensively revised. The Handbook is accompanied by an Instructor's Manual.

Complex Organizations

A Critical Essay
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

Leadership in Chaordic Organizations


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.

Human Services Management

Organizational Leadership in Social Work Practice
Author: David Austin
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231528426
Category: Social Science
Page: 468
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Human services management occurs in nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit sectors and involves a wide variety of organizational structures. These diverse conditions shape the effort to produce and project services that directly affect the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities through social welfare, health and mental health, criminal justice, and educational services. David Austin begins with an examination of the historical development and distinctive characteristics of human service organizations, the variety of organizational and program structures at play, and the connection of individual service organizations with service delivery networks. He then examines of the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholder constituencies, including service users, service personnel (especially service professionals), funders, executives, and policy boards. The final two chapters discuss two organizational processes: accountability for effectiveness and dealing with organizational changes.

Empowering People with Severe Mental Illness

A Practical Guide
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

The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication

Advances in Theory, Research, and Methods
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.

Reimagining the Human Service Relationship


Author: Jaber F. Gubrium,Tone A. Andreassen,Per K. Solvang
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231541783
Category: Social Science
Page: 352
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The traditional lines of demarcation between service providers and service users are shifting. Professionals in managed service organizations are working to incorporate the voices of service users into their missions and the way they function, and service users, with growing access to knowledge, have taken on the semblances of professional expertise. Additionally, the human services environment has been transformed by administrative imperatives. The drive toward greater efficiency and accountability has weakened the bond between users and providers. Reimagining the Human Service Relationship is informed by the premise that the helping relationship should be seen as developing in the interactive space between those who provide human services and those who receive them. The contributors to this volume redefine the contours, roles, institutional divisions, means, and aims of providing and receiving services in a range of settings, including child welfare, addiction treatment, social enterprise, doctoring, mental health, and palliative care. Though they advocate an experience-near approach, they remain sensitive to the ambiguities and competing rationalities of the service relationship. Taken together, these chapters reimagine the service relationship by making visible the working relevancies of service delivery.

Collaborative Research in Organizations

Foundations for Learning, Change, and Theoretical Development
Author: Niclas Adler,A. B. (Rami) Shani,Alexander Styhre
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761928634
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 383
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Collaborative Research in Organizations: Foundations for Learning, Change, and Theoretical Development leverages and sustains the role of management research while increasing the theoretical development of complex organizational and management issues. The true partnership ideal and emergent inquiry process make collaborative research complex and difficult to organize, lead, and manage. This book addresses these needs by revisiting traditional research ideals.

The Lean Brain Theory

Complex Networked Lean Strategic Organizational Design
Author: Javier Villalba-Diez, PhD
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1351631675
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 159
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The most complex organization known in the universe is inside of our heads: our brain. Because organizations are formed by human beings, The Lean Brain Theory aims to mimic human brain structure and functionality so as to enable the emergence of brain-like organizations in which the 'neurons' are the human-beings and the 'axons' ought to be Lean Management oriented behavioral and communication patterns. These networks ought to evolve towards brain-like configurations that display thinking-like processes and ultimately organizational consciousness. The Lean Brain Theory offers a quantifiable holistic framework to strategically design any organization as a human brain. By embedding complexity into the Strategic Organizational Design (SOD) and combining this with Lean Management and neuropsychological state of the art knowledge, The Lean Brain Theory ends up with the Brain-Organization metaphor and makes it possible. This idea of embedding complexity into organizational design is a follow up to the book The Hoshin Kanri Forest. That book dealt with the methodology of creating 'forest-like' topologies. The Lean Brain Theory aims to set the ground for Lean organizations of the future that embrace both Business Intelligence and Complex Networked Lean Strategic Organizational Design. The organization as a super-network evolves towards 'intelligent' Human-Brain-like entity. The Lean Brain Theory ultimately seeks to integrate an anthropomorphic organizational paradigm with future tendencies of technological advances. In this way, the brain-like organization emerging from it can be regarded as bionic.