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Organisations and Management in Social Work


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Introduction Chapter 1: Social Work in Organizations Chapter 2: Theorising Organizations Chapter 3: Organisational Change Chapter 4: Communicating and Collaborating Chapter 5: Decision Making and Risk Chapter 6: Leadership and Supervision Chapter 7: Accountability and Participation Chapter 8: Experiencing Organisations Chapter 9: Active and Ethical Practice

About the Author

Dr Mark Hughes is Professor of Social Work in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia. He has worked as a social worker in health, aged care and mental health settings in both Australia and the UK. He has also worked as a social work academic at the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, and Goldsmiths College London. Mark's research interests centre on organisational practice, social work with older people, and lesbian and gay ageing. Mark is co-author of six books, as well as a range of journal publications. Dr Michael Wearing is a Senior Lecturer in the Social Work Program, The School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. He teaches in a range of areas of theory, policy and practice in social work and criminology notably on organisational practice, human and health service delivery and working in youth justice and related areas. He trained as a social worker and sociologist at UNSW and maintains a strong research and publishing career in social policy and applied sociology in Australia and internationally.


Organisations and Management in Social work is a leading text in the field, providing both context for students and tools for practitioners and managers to bring social work values and theories to bear in the neoliberal bureaucracies we so often find ourselves in. Thoughtful, accessible and targeted specifically at social workers, this new edition engages practically and politically with the realities of contemporary service provision. -- Chris Maylea
The new edition of Organisational Practice is a solid up-to-date textbook for social work students seeking to be effective social workers within organisations. Mark Hughes and Michael Wearing have included interesting cases, diagrams and reflective questions, which are useful for making important concepts and theories accessible. Highly recommended! -- Jean Burke
This is a comprehensive and sufficiently challenging text for undergraduate students which promotes thinking and critical analysis of the 'real world' within which social work practice takes place. -- Lynne McPherson
Stimulating critique and challenging perspective of the book really makes the reader think and question their practice. -- Julia Foster-Turner

In reading this book, those already in practice, either as social workers or managers, will have many light-bulb moments where an explanation is offered for something they will see within their own workplace and, for students, they will be better prepared for some of the more mystifying elements of working in large organisations. They will then be better prepared to, as the authors put it, humanise some of the dehumanising elements of working in organisations

-- Stephen J. Mordue

Understanding the organisations within which we work is essential to effective social work, but is rarely a key driver for practitioners; so, delivering a literary work on this subject that is engaging and accessible is challenging. It may be their ability to achieve this that underpins the authors' success. Without diminishing the complexity of external and organisational factors impacting on social work practice, they explain and help to make sense of them.

-- Linda Horner Martin

This is a highly accessible read that focuses on important themes in both the organizational theory and social work practice literatures. It can be used as an introductory text in a macro-community practice class at the Masters or Bachelors level in Social Work schools, or as a text for practitioners with no formal training in organizational theory or research.

-- Marcus Lam

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