The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know: Studies in Organizational Theory and Behavior / Edition 8

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Overview

Now in its eighth edition, The Ropes has been used by business professionals for over thirty years. Throughout this updated book, brief descriptions of theory are followed by groups of illustrative stories. The material deals with issues central to life in an organization – issues of how the culture of an organization functions. Incorporated throughout are numerous examples of behaviors and decisions with real consequences that can enhance or impede careers. Business professionals will also discover the unwritten rules of organizations, such as the impact of stereotypes.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
College faculty members Ritti (Penn State) and Funkhouser (Rutgers) have combined to produce a decidedly unacademic look at the world of business, featuring lively writing and irreverence. Their thesis is that organizations can be viewed in either of two ways: from a technical/rational viewpoint or a cultural/interpretive one. They concentrate on the latter, based on the notion that any business is a closed culture, a society unto itself. They introduce a cast of individuals who play archetypal roles in a firm they call ``The Company'': Stanley, a Candide-like figure who wises up as he climbs the corporate ladder; a CEO; a male executive who knows what he's doing, and another who doesn't; a woman executive; a black on the way up; a consultant, etc. This is a business milieu that MBA programs don't teach. (January 6)
Booknews
A text on life in business organizations, primarily for students and novice executives, but of possible interest as well to those in the middle or towards the end of their careers. Approaches the subject as a series of allegorical stories and cautionary tales pivoting on a few fictional, stereotypical characters. No dates are noted for the earlier editions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470169674
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/10/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 293,960
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

SECTION ONE: DE GUSTIBUS NON DISPUTANDUM EST - Socialization And Perception.

Chapter 1 Hi, Call Me ....

Chapter 2 The Power Of Positive Thinking.

Chapter 3 Cleanliness Is Next To ... ?

Chapter 4 Look Of A Winner.

Chapter 5 Just In Case

Chapter 6 The Sincerest Form Of Flattery.

Chapter 7 Hi, Sweetie.

SECTION TWO: BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL TWO THAN OTHERS - Socialization And Attribution.

Chapter 8 Cat In The Hat.

Chapter 9 Rocky.

Chapter 10 My Brother’s Keeper.

Chapter 11 You Can’t Be Too Careful

Chapter 12 Scarlet Letter

SECTION THREE: DOIN’ WHAT COMES NATCHERLY - Motivation And Reinforcement Theory.

Chapter 13 Fair Day’s Work.

Chapter 14 Player Piano.

Chapter 15 Am I Invisible?

Chapter 16 Back To The Drawing Board.

Chapter 17 Rite Of Passage.

Chapter 18 Sunrise Service.

Chapter 19 Who Could Have Known?

Chapter 20 Made To Measure.

Chapter 21 Spend It, Burn It.

SECTION FOUR: TO BE OR NOT TO BE ... - Managerial Decision Making And Motivation.

Chapter 22 Excess Inventory.

Chapter 23 Like It Is.

Chapter 24 Hold That Line.

Chapter 25 The Rating Game.

Chapter 26 Watchdogs.

Chapter 27 Top Secret.

Chapter 28 As I Recall.

Chapter 29 Figures Don’t Lie ... ?

Chapter 30 Giving Your Best.

SECTION FIVE: SKATE FAST OVER THIN ICE - The Myth Of Leadership, Perception, And Attribution.

Chapter 31 The Men’s Hut.

Chapter 32 Better The Devil You Know….

Chapter 33 Success Story.

Chapter 34 Stitch In Time.

Chapter 35 By Your Works Shall Ye Be Known.

Chapter 36 The Million Dollar Misunderstanding.

Chapter 37 The Pearl.

Chapter 38 Most Valuable Player.

SECTION SIX: ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS - Communication As Myth, Symbol, And Ritual.

Chapter 39 Coffee Break.

Chapter 40 Society Of Equals.

Chapter 41 Praise/Criticism.

Chapter 42 Bite Of The Apple.

Chapter 43 Beyond The Call Of Duty.

Chapter 44 Spacemen.

Chapter 45 Extra Effort.

Chapter 46 Incredible.

SECTION SEVEN: THE RACE IS NOT TO THE SWIFT, NOR THE BATTLE TO THE STRONG - Mobility And The Power Of Lower Organizational Participants.

Chapter 47 Your Job? My Reputation!

Chapter 48 Ted’s Boy.

Chapter 49 Rightsizing.

Chapter 50 Friday Go To Meetin’.

Chapter 51 Ghosting For Gain.

Chapter 52 Don’t Ask.

Chapter 53 Point Of No Return.

Chapter 54 To Every Thing There Is A Season.

Chapter 55 Haste Makes Waste.

SECTION EIGHT: THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO I - Power, Status, And Cooling Out The Mark.

Chapter 56 All For The Best In This Best of All Possible Worlds.

Chapter 57 Small Is Beautiful.

Chapter 58 More Bang For The Buck.

Chapter 59 Individual Contributor.

Chapter 60 The Threefold Way.

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