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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - November 2017

This November, our Editorial Advisory Board chair Professor David Weir has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. David, who is currently Visiting Professor at York St John University, has had an extraordinarily successful academic career which has included leading four university Business Schools and initiating the very first part-time executive MBA in a University business school at Glasgow University in the United Kingdom.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on David’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABNOV17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2017.


Professor David Weir’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Organisational Anatomy: A Manager’s Guide to a Healthy Organisation

Author: Oleg Konovalov.

This book offers a discussion of a new management concept, “Organisational Anatomy”, which views organisational processes and functions from a biological perspective. The Organisational Anatomy approach allows the development of a holistic picture, and will allow businesses to achieve higher performance and recognise problems and difficulties.

Many theories of organisation treat organisations as if they were machines, but Oleg Konovalov treats them as if they were organisms hence his focus on anatomy. Konovalov was an experienced manager in the harsh climate of Russia’s far north before he undertook a doctoral degree at Durham University and became a business consultant as well as a scholar, and he introduces ideas from biology like the ageing process, organisational stiffness, organisational disease and the reproductive capacity of complex organisations into his framework. He is himself alert and alive to the life of organisations and his seasoned experience illuminates his analysis: at one point he comments that “organisations are sensitive to weather”. This insight is typical of the fresh eye with which Konovalov regards the living, breathing organisations in which people also live and work. One of the most interesting chapters is the last, in which Konovalov introduces the concepts of disease, dystrophy and epidemics into his framework. Hopefully these insights will be more fully developed in his next book.” 


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