We create organizations because we need to get a job done--something we couldn't do alone--and join them because we're inspired by their missions (and our paycheck). But once we're inside, these organizations rarely feel inspirational. So where did it all go wrong?
In The Org, Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan explain the tradeoffs that every organization faces, arguing that this everyday dysfunction is actually inherent to the very nature of orgs. The Org diagnoses the root causes of that malfunction, beginning with the economic logic of why organizations exist in the first place, then working its way up through the org's structure from the lowly cubicle to the CEO's office.
- The purpose of meetings and why they will never go away
- Why even members of al Qaeda are required to submit travel and expense reports
- What managers are good for
- How the army and other orgs balance marching in lockstep with fostering innovation
- Why the hospital administration--not the heart surgeon--is more likely to save your life
- Why CEOs often spend more than 80 percent of their time in meetings--and why that's exactly where they should be (and why they get paid so much)
NEWS & OPINION: The 2013 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Shortlist: General Business
Posted December 11, 2013, 11:34 AM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
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NEWS & OPINION: The FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Longlist
Posted August 7, 2013, 8:51 PM with category of Publishing Industry
The Financial Times & Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year longlist has been announced. It is, as Andrew Hill of the FT writes, a reading list that mixes low deeds and high hopes (registration required).
The list includes:
After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead by Alan Blinder, The Penguin Press
The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire by Neil Irwin, The Penguin Press
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger & Kenneth Cukier, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Billionaire’s Apprentice: The Rise of The Indian-American Elite and The Fall of The Galleon Hedge Fund by Anita Raghavan, Business Plus
The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business by Rita Gunther McGrath, Harvard Business Review Press
The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím, Basic Books
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone, Little Brown and Company
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant, Viking Books
The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton, Princeton University Press
How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region by Joe Studwell, Grove Press
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf Publishing Group
Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy by Iain Martin, Simon and Schuster (I don't see that this is being released in the U.
JACK COVERT SELECTS: Jack Covert Selects - The Org
Posted January 11, 2013, 4:55 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan, Twelve, $26. 99, 320 pages, Hardcover, January 2013, ISBN 9780446571593
Just as market theory sits on the foundation of Adam Smith’s ideas, made famous in The Wealth of Nations, the study of organizational economics began with the work of Ronald Coase in a famous article entitled “The Nature of the Firm. ” Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan explain in their new book, The Org:
Coase’s conception of the market involved a lot more friction and discord than Adam Smith’s original vision.