The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know: Studies in Organizational Behavior / Edition 6

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This story is about me, and some fellow employees in The Company. When I graduated from school and started working for The Company, I never thought it would be so hard-not only learning my job, but also making sense of the everyday events happening all around me. As I soon discovered, learning the ropes at any organization takes time.

Organizations have their own myths, rituals, cultures, and most importantly, their own people. You have to be able to decipher the unwritten rules. I hope my story will provide you with a new way of looking at organizations, and help you analyze, interpret, and understand the everyday realities of organizational life.

This Seventh Edition of The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know is updated and revised to give you a feel for what it's like to currently work for The Company. The new edition includes several new boxes and a new tale, and a significantly rewritten prologue. Also, a new and expanded Instructor's Manual on the website features discussion starter questions related to issues addressed in each of the tales. Extensive notes on these issues are also provided for instructors.

Whether you are a new-comer or an old-timer in the business world, I hope my story will help you on your journey as you learn the ropes.

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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: 9780471415718
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
Pt. 1 Enter the Men's Hut: Corporate Culture And Socialization 9
Sect. 1 De Gustibus Non Disputandum Est: Socialization And Perception 15
Sect. 2 But Some are More Equal than Others: Socialization And Attribution 43
Pt. 2 What Can't Be Cured Must Be Obscured: The Myth And Mystery Of Motivation And Decision Making 67
Sect. 3 Doin' What Comes Natcherly: Motivation And Reinforcement Theory 73
Sect. 4 To Be or Not To Be ... Managerial Decision Making And Motivation 101
Pt. 3 Whatsoever Ye Soweth, that Shall Ye Also Reap: The Romance Of Leadership And The Forms Of Communication 135
Sect. 5 Skate Fast Over Thin Ice: The Myth Of Leadership, Perception, And Attribution 139
Sect. 6 Actions Speak Louder than Words: Communication As Myth, Symbol, And Ritual 171
Pt. 4 My Object All Sublime, I Shall Achieve in Time: Power, Stratification, And Managerial Mobility 197
Sect. 7 The Race is Not to the Swift, nor the Battle to the Strong: Mobility And The Power Of Lower Organizational Participants 203
Sect. 8 There But for the Grace of God Go I: Power, Status, And Cooling Out The Mark 239
Conclusion 269
Epilogue 277
Endnotes 280
Selected Readings 283
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