Working Across the Gap
The Practice of Social Science in Organizations
By (author) Lisl Klein
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Working Across the Gap by Lisl Klein
Book DescriptionLisl Klein's experience of applying the social sciences in organizations must be unique. Her work is grounded in research but much of her professional activity has been in application, combining the methods and findings of research with an understanding of dynamics in working with organizations. Moving between research and practice she has, for nearly forty years, pursued the aim of rendering the social sciences useful and practical in organizational life. This collection of papers brings together wide-ranging material that is highly relevant to today's world, whilst also providing a useful historical overview of the field. The links between research, policy and practice are brought vividly to life, the many examples creating a thread that connects theory with operational reality.Lisl Klein provides an insightful and significant theory of practice, developed through vignettes of her work and experience that make this a very readable and engaging book. After a historical introduction, the volume is divided into five sections: organization research and diagnosis; examples of activities in the field; bouncing against the context; concepts, reflections and methods; and relating scientific and professional development.The book will be of value to a wide range of readers, including managers engaged in organizational change and development, as well as human resource professionals, organizational researchers and consultants. It will be valuable to students of social science studying organizational behaviour at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, and management students at undergraduate and MBA levels.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781855753822
(230mm x 147mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Karnac Books
Publisher: Karnac Books
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lisl Klein
Putting Social Science to Work, Paperback (February 2010)
The authors examine various issues in the use of theories, methods and findings in fourteen case studies in Britain and Germany.
Meaning of Work, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by Lisl Klein
Brings together papers covering the theme, the meaning and organization of work. This book consists of sections such as: Making the case; Two pieces of research, separated by forty years; Five examples of action research and consultancy activities on work organization; and, Working with other professions that influence the design of jobs.
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Author Biography - Lisl Klein
Lisl Klein Ph.D. worked in industry, on the shop floor and in personnel management, before moving into organization research. From 1965 to 1970 she was Social Sciences Adviser in Esso Petroleum Company Ltd and, from 1971 to 1989, senior social scientist in the Tavistock Institute. She founded the Bayswater Institute in 1990. Lisl passed away peacefully in December 2015.
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