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Understanding Organizations

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Organizations are a part of everyday life, whether in schools, hospitals, police stations or commercial companies. In this classics text, Charles Handy argues that the key to successful organizations lies in a better understanding of the needs and motivations of the people within them.

Understanding Organizations offers an extended 'dictionary' of the key concepts -- cultur
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 25th 1993 by Penguin (first published September 30th 1976)
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Aug 14, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
A clear, structured, witty account of research done on organisations illuminated through practical cases and Handy's personal experiences.

A few notes from reading:

1. "Seek simplicity - and having found it, suspect it." - James Conant
2. To appreciate the complexities and particularities in the world, in people and organisations... "There are different angles from which we view the world. The view will be slightly different from each, the truth will be a combination of all."
3. On Taylor's story f
Nov 19, 2014 Jan-Maat added it
Recommends it for: First time managers and other wage slaves
This is a book I recommend to anybody seeking an introduction to the theory and practise of modern organisations.

The book is divided into three parts: an introduction to concepts, a middle section on the application of the concepts discussed in the first part and a final bibliographic essay. Those concepts include motivation to work, roles and interactions, leadership, culture and questions of power and influence.

Detailed asides in marginal boxes give a taste of the classics - Taylor (view spoil
a bit dry, "text book style" reading, but a great survey of contemporary findings in organizational behavior and dynamics
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it good to understand a core part of organization
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Oct 29, 2012 Andrew Schoenfeld rated it it was amazing
A classic, a must read!
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Traditional Handy books explaining the basics of management. Godd for intro level reading
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An Irish author/philosopher specialising in organisational behaviour and management. Among the ideas he has advanced are the "portfolio worker" and the "Shamrock Organization".

For many years he worked as a professor at London Business School.
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