Productive Workplaces: Dignity, Meaning, and Community in the 21st Century

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 11, 2012 - Business & Economics - 576 pages

Strategy and Business 2012 Organizational Culture Book of the Year

This third edition of the classic resource, Productive Workplaces is smart, well-written and well-researched, thoughtful, somewhat provocative, and a one-of-a-kind review of the integration of economics, technology, and people. It covers such topics as: the work on self as integral to organizational change; the revision of Lewinian concepts for a new era; and the history behind “getting everybody improving whole systems” as a response to fast change and increasing diversity (not the same as using any particular method). The themes, case studies (many revisited), and models are as relevant as ever.

 

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Contents

PART ONE Mythology and Managing
1
7 Printer Yet to Come
12
TWO How I Learned to Manage by Managing
15
PART TWO Searching for Productive Workplaces
33
FOUR Taylor Invents a New Profession
61
Lewin Revises Taylorism
81
SIX Lewins Legacy to Management
99
21 Printer Yet to Come
113
7 Printer Yet to Come
268
21 Printer Yet to Come
323
TWENTY FIVE Changing the World One Meeting
459
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Marvin Weisbord is co-director of Future Search Network, an international non-profit service organization. He also is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Organizational Dynamics Graduate Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, resource faculty in the Organization and Systems Renewal Program at Seattle University, and a fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science. During 50 years as a manager, consultant, researcher and teacher he has worked with businesses, NGO's, medical schools and hospitals. He was for more than 20 years a partner in the consulting firm Block Petrella Weisbord and a member of NTL Institute and the European Institute for Transnational Studies. He is the author of Productive Workplaces, 3rd Edition (2012), Discovering Common Ground (1992), Organizational Diagnosis (1978), and co-author with Sandra Janoff of Future Search, 3rd Edition (2010) and Don't Just Do Something, Stand There! (2007). He has a Lifetime Achievement award from the OD Network which voted Productive Workplaces one of the most influential books of the past 40 years.

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