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The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know: Studies in Organizational Behavior

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Now in it's seventh edition, this OB reader continues to both instruct and entertain the current generation of students and professionals about workplace realities. This book consists of a series of short, interwoven stories about the operations at a single, mythical company seen through the eyes of an employee. It reveals the psychological processes and social mores at wo ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 1977)
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Jim Bennett
Oct 29, 2014 Jim Bennett rated it it was amazing
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Once, in a meeting, another noticed what was going on before I did. I later asked why. He recommended this book.
I no longer lend my copy: it's getting dog-eared. But every time I did lend it, the borrower was 'forced' to buy his/her own copy.
You will read, in every chapter, a story about persons interacting in an office situation. (While titles may change, fundamental personalities and pecking orders will not.) The story will unfold an interesting, somewhat odd, 'happening' in that office or bus
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Shanna
Aug 03, 2011 Shanna rated it really liked it
As someone who is trying (very hard) to enter into the workforce, I found this very entertaining, yet extremely insightful. There are A LOT of great tips in here for a broad range of people dealing with a broad range of situations.

I would recommend this to anyone who is a newbie, a manager, or a CEO.
Stephen
Jul 23, 2011 Stephen rated it liked it
READ AUG 2009

A good "dramaturgy" that answers the question: How do leaders work within the culture of the organization? Best quote: "No organization functions as subordinates commonly understand it to function, and no organization could. Pretense is necessary to maintain the allegiance of the faithful--recruits, lower echelons, the public" (p. 12).
Lily
Apr 05, 2011 Lily rated it it was amazing
Still consider this as one of the best organizational behavior books I have read. Used it in business school at Columbia in 1981. Date below is when we read it in our book club at the suggestion of a colleague of mine to whom I had introduced it.
Aron
May 10, 2008 Aron rated it it was amazing
If you have to read only one book on organizational behavior, this is the one you should read. I first read this book when I did my Masters in management, and 30 years later I still apply its lesson. An easy read filled with practical insights about how humans behave inside organizations.
Alan
Jan 26, 2008 Alan rated it really liked it
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Great book on the rituals of corporate life. Used to give it to newly hired engineers, who expected things to make sense.
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