The General Practice Management HandbookBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7171.1532a (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1532
- Roland Petchey, non-clinical lecturer
- Division of General Practice, University of Nottingham
Eds P Orton, C Hill
W B Saunders, £18.95, pp 276
ISBN 0 7020 2204 7
Management handbooks are a peculiar literary genre. They are obliged to present management as straightforward and commonsensical (in order to appeal to the pragmatic nature of managers), but beneath this veneer of practicality they are intensely ideological texts. They offer a particular and partial perspective on organisations and the world of work. Typically, they portray organisations as consensual and the managerial perspective as unconditionally legitimate. Crucially, they seek to reduce the processes of …
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