Hierarchy: A Key Idea for Business and Society

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Routledge, May 8, 2019 - Business & Economics - 150 pages

EURAM's Book of the Year in 2020, Hierarchy takes readers on a journey which traverses how this idea has evolved, is understood in various disciplines, and is applied in practice.

Referring a wide range of sources, the book provides an inspirational introduction to understanding what is perhaps the key idea in business and management. As a fundamental organizational principle, hierarchy is everywhere. Perhaps because of its ubiquity, the significance of hierarchy has become under-analyzed in view of the growing strains on society imposed by organizational inequality. This book analyzes the advantages and disadvantages that hierarchy brings as a form of organization, providing an accessible overview of this fundamental idea within both business and society.

This concise book provides a useful overview of existing research, for both students and scholars of business.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
PART I
Normative perspectives on hierarchy
Perspectives on hierarchy in the human and social
PART II
The downside of organizational hierarchy
Hierarchy and the contemporary crisis
Reforming hierarchy
INDEX
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About the author (2019)

John Child is Professor of Commerce at the University of Birmingham, UK and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of 25 books and numerous scholarly articles.

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