Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know: Studies in Organizational Behavior / Edition 7

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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 work in a company, and it is uniquely valuable for helping to bridge the gap between theory and practice. It immerses readers in the "real-world" workplace as no other text does, and provides just enough theory to make sense of it. The new edition will continue with the same premise and will contain updated stories and chapters.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471736462
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

PROLOGUE.

Box 1: Celebrating Your Layoff.

PART 1: ENTER THE MEN’S HUT.

Corporate Culture and Socialization.

Box 2: Of Culture and Matreshka Dolls.

SECTION 1: DE GUSTIBUS NON DISPUTANDUM EST.

Socialization and Perception.

1 Hi, Call Me _____.

2 The Power of Positive Thinking.

3 Cleanliness Is Next To . . .?

4 Look of a Winner.

Box 3: Almost Too Good to Be True?

5 Just in Case.

6 The Sincerest Form of Flattery.

7 Hi, Sweetie . . . .

SECTION 2: BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.

Socialization and Attribution.

Box 4: Bad Apples at Abu Ghraib?

8 Cat in the Hat.

9 Rocky.

10 My Brother’s Keeper.

11 You Can’t Be Too Careful.

12 Scarlet Letter.

PART 2: WHAT CAN’T BE CURED MUST BE OBSCURED.

The Myth and Mystery of Motivation and Decision Making.

Box 5: Mr. Li’s Gong: Motivating with Shame.

SECTION 3: DOIN’ WHAT COMES NATCHERLY 71

Motivation and Reinforcement Theory.

13 Fair Day’s Work.

14 Player Piano.

15 Am I Invisible?

16 Back to the Drawing Board.

Box 6: Saga of the IBM PC—Part I.

17 Rite of Passage.

Box 7: Finishing School at Salomon Brothers.

18 Sunrise Service.

19 Who Could Have Known?

20 Made to Measure.

Box 8: Measurement of Results and the Results of Measuring.

21 Spend It, Burn It . . . .

SECTION 4: TO BE OR NOT TO BE.

Managerial Decision Making and Motivation.

22 Excess Inventory.

23 Like It Is.

24 Hold That Line.

25 The Rating Game.

Box 9: Innovation in Appraisals.

26 Watchdogs.

27 Top Secret.

Box 10: Safe Driving Tips.

28 As I Recall.

29 Figures Don’t Lie . . . ?

30 Giving Your Best.

Box 11: Fixing the Facts.

PART 3: WHATSOEVER YE SOWETH, THAT SHALL YE ALSO REAP.

The Romance of Leadership and the Forms of Communication.

SECTION 5 SKATE FAST OVER THIN ICE.

The Myth of Leadership, Perception, and Attribution.

Box 12: Creating the Illusion of Control.

31 The Men’s Hut.

32 Better the Devil You Know . . . .

33 Success Story.

Box 13: A Model Corporate Career.

34 Stitch in Time.

35 By Your Works Shall Ye Be Known.

36 The Million Dollar Misunderstanding.

37 The Pearl.

Box 14: The Saga of the IBM PC—Part II.

38 Most Valuable Player.

SECTION 6: ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

Communication as Myth, Symbol, and Ritual.

Box 15: No Threat Here to the Theory of the System.

39 Coffee Break.

40 Society of Equals.

41 Praise/Criticism.

42 Bite of the Apple.

43 Beyond the Call of Duty.

44 Spacemen.

45 Extra Effort.

46 Incredible.

PART 4: MY OBJECT ALL SUBLIME, I SHALL ACHIEVE IN TIME.

Power, Stratification, and Managerial Mobility.

SECTION 7: THE RACE IS NOT TO THE SWIFT, NOR THE BATTLE TO THE STRONG.

Mobility and the Power of Lower Organizational Participants.

47 Your Job? My Reputation!

48 Ted’s Boy.

49 Rightsizing.

Box 16: Convenants and Carnage.

50 Friday Go to Meetin’.

Box 17: More “Exercise” for the Faithful.

51 Ghosting for Gain.

52 Don’t Ask.

53 Point of No Return.

54 To Everything There Is a Season.

55 Haste Makes Waste.

SECTION 8: THERE, BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD, GO I.

Power, Status, and Cooling Out the Mark.

56 All for the Best in This Best of All Possible Worlds.

Box 18: Cool Green.

57 Small Is Beautiful.

58 More Bang for the Buck.

59 Individual Contributor.

Box 19: Drug Bust.

60 The Threefold Way.

CONCLUSION.

EPILOGUE.

ENDNOTES.

SELECTED READINGS.

INDEX.

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