108pp. ~ Size: 12.7cm x 20.3 cm
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Tags: Leadership, empowerment, management, organisational culture
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Employee Empowerment - Reviews
"My postgraduate students are typically mid-career safety, health and environment professionals. They are challenged continuously with trying to implement employee-based safety and health programs. I was impressed with Dr. Huq's book and it is the first I have seen that focuses on the reasons employee-based programs have so much difficulty being adopted."
James E. Leemann, Clinical Assistant Professor, Tulane University, USA.
"Dr Rozana Huq's new publication "Employee Empowerment: the rhetoric and the reality" is a delight - it is scholarly yet clear. She starts by taking the reader through the history and theory of 'empowerment' and 'power' with a clarity that is unusual in both academic and management literature. She then outlines her own recent research findings. This study is informative and engages the reader - using direct quotations from staff, managers and leaders to show how empowering employees might work, and the reasons why this complex process often fails to make the anticipated difference.
The essential elements of changing managers from 'cops-to-coaches' are laid out thematically, and given a depth and richness in examples and in the actual words of those who are already empowered - the chief executives, elite chosen senior managers - and those who are not - the factory floor operatives and call centre workers.
The rhetoric of employee empowerment is as apparent as the reality elusive. With a nuanced courtesy the author offers readers the evidence she has gathered, sound reasoning and conclusions which are robust.'
The book not only fills the gap in such grounded empirical research, it also provides information and important references for those intending to follow in her wake, with a section on qualitative methodology which introduces potential researchers to the intricacies of investigating the world of business management. It is that rare thing in research, having a succinct, informed, precise and punter-friendly style of writing and will benefit those who spare the couple of hours it will take to read."
Roz Goldie BSSC, MA, PhD, CPA
"Rozana Huq has made an important contribution to the subject of employee empowerment with this book. Adding valuable empirical research through investigations of case studies, she illuminates issues and successes surrounding both formal and informal methods of implementing employee empowerment. The book includes insights from employees and managers of small and large enterprises, highlighting both the positive and negative aspects of employee empowerment and providing rich examples of people and situations."
Professor Adrian Wilkinson, Director, Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia.