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Empowerment in Organizations

The Theory and Practice of a Mandate System

Cornelis Pieterse

145 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"




Empowerment in Organizations is a practical guide for all who are ready to take greater responsibility for themselves and the organizations in which they work. Readers get a bird’s-eye view of how companies and institutions move through developmental phases, thus gaining a deeper appreciation of the context in which we all work. With a mandate system, leaders are called on to become facilitators, empowering those around them with autonomy and clearly formulated tasks for an effective decentralized governance structure.

This book offers valuable guidance for improving the effectiveness any organization and the free participation of its members.

  • "Empowerment in Organizations is a seminal work about organizational transformation and redefined leadership roles. Veteran facilitator Cornelis Pieterse provided an insightful description of developmental phases in organizations, as well as a clear road map to alternative management practices. It is an articulate academic proposal, supported by the author's many years of experience in practice as well as theory. His lively writing style simplifies the subject of governance in nonprofit organization by breaking it down into digestible components, facilitating an easy read." —Kerry Drohan, Metropolitan Editor, The Boston Globe

    "Cornelis Pieterse's clear descriptions of the mandate process can serve organizations suffering from becoming stuck in a particular phase. If I had read this book twenty-five years ago, how much more productive and satisfied I would have been in my organizational experiences. This is a highly readable and helpful guide that can be especially useful in schools and other organizations. Strongly recommended." —Betty Staley, Waldorf High School Teacher Training Director, Rudolf Steiner College, and author

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