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Beyond Certainty: The Changing Worlds of Organizations

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In this challenging and exhilarating collection of 35 recent essays, the best-selling author and social philosopher shares his reflections on a changing world, a world in which we can be certain only of uncertainty. To plan for the future in such an environment, says Charles Handy, we must learn to think differently. In vintage Handy style, the author offers pearls of ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 30th 1998 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published August 17th 1995)
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Stephen Redwood
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Charles Handy is an understated sort of person. He writes of values, is modest about his own achievements, and is thoughtful and considerate about the place of business in our world. This might well be a recipe for flakey ideas based on weak logic, but somehow he manages to bring together ideas, reality and facts and produce thought provoking substance. This set of essays was first published in 1995, but they are as relevant today as they were then. This may reflect the slowness of change in the ...more
Fergal
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Handys ideas on portfolio employment becoming more prevalent and large office spaces becoming entirely unnecessary except for meetings were scarily prescient. However, the fear of and respect for Japanese business culture seems baffling; one wonders if 25 years from now people will be similarly baffled by our current fear of China. ...more
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I found this book in an Oxfam shop in Edinburgh and in began my passion for Charles Handy's voice. I have a bookshelf now at home devoted to him.
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An Irish author/philosopher specialising in organisational behaviour and management. Among the ideas he has advanced are the "portfolio worker" and the "Shamrock Organization".

For many years he worked as a professor at London Business School.

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