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The Living Organization
     

The Living Organization

by Lane Tracy
 

ISBN-10: 027593084X

ISBN-13: 9780275930844

Pub. Date: 06/01/1989

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The focus on the dynamic nature of organizations as living systems is instructive and worthy of consideration. The book provides a unique perspective on the variables that influence the effectiveness of today's organizations. Advanced undergraduates and up.

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Describing his book as a disciplined excursion through the world of organizations, Tracy

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The focus on the dynamic nature of organizations as living systems is instructive and worthy of consideration. The book provides a unique perspective on the variables that influence the effectiveness of today's organizations. Advanced undergraduates and up.

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Describing his book as a disciplined excursion through the world of organizations, Tracy has developed a unique approach to the study of organizational behavior. Using James G. Miller's living systems theory as his framework, the author describes organizations as living—displaying the same basic function, structures and processes as a plant or animal. The Living Organization gives us a milti-level picture of the workings of organizations. The three levels—individual, group, and organization—work simultaneously. Diverging from current theory, the author asks us to treat these levels concurrently, not sequentially. He uses the same set of basic concepts for all three levels.

The reader will be stimulated by the interesting juxtaposition of topics in this book. Topics, normally unrelated, form unusual combinations reflecting the author's basic theme that all the topics of organizational behavior are more closely linked than previously realized. This book is excellent reading. It takes a giant step toward providing the field of organizational behavior with a theoretical backbone. Utilizing the living systems approach to its fullest, The Living Organization integrates the field of organizational behavior at its three systematic levels and it links these concepts and theories so that connections between needs and motivation and between decision-making and leadership are made clear.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275930844
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1989
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Systems Concepts and Organizational Behavior

Structure and Process

Values, Purposes, Goals, and Attitudes

The Need Concept

Need Fulfillment and Stress

Information Processing and Communication

Motivation

Power and Influence

Leadership Processes

Models of Leader Effectiveness

Exchange and Conflict between Systems

New Perspectives on People and Organizations

Bibliography

Index

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