The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office
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Ray Fisman is the Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise and co-director of the Social Enterprise Program at the Columbia Business School. His is the author of Economic Gangsters with Ted Miguel.Tim Sullivan is the editorial director of Harvard Business Review Press and has worked at Basic Books, Portfolio, and Princeton University Press, where he helped build one of the most successful academic economics lists in the world.
Less Hollywood blockbuster and more a moody independent film, THE ORG is incisive on how things actually are, while leaving readers to find the answers."Bloomberg Business Week"a compelling new book.The book offers telling insight on a topic that has ebbed and flowed across the world over the last 30 years, as governments of all stripes have set out to privatize state-owned enterprises and outsource services - what does the private sector do better than government, and what does it do worse?"Eduardo Porter, The New York Times"An amiable guide, enjoyably wry without being jokey.As an antidote to hokum, the authors' mission to help you "descend into better-informed cynicism"-to find the "least dysfunctional" of all possible dysfunctional orgs-is the kind of literary stock that pays greater dividends."The Wall Street Journal<
Joshua Gans said The Org is a triumph. It is no understatement to say that the business book market is saturated. Most of it is not nearly of the quality that I would comfortably hand or recommend those books to MBA students; which is incredible since MBA students and alumni are invariably the target market for such books. Most of those books steer clear of sensible economic theory and also the use of non-anecdotal evidence which does not help one bit.But there are books worth recommending and they lie on a frontier. They can be classified along two dimensions. The first is the probability that what is . David Wong said You have to accept the org as it is. I have to admit, I'm just a lowly cubicle dweller who got angry, frustrated and confused all at the same time about the prevalence of dysfunctions in my org, so I hoped to get some inspiration or explanation as to the reason of my daily sufferings with this book.The book in general is smoothly prosed and made for a pleasant reading. I found a lot of interesting anecdotes, and there were explanations for many facets of organizational phenomenons. But the general flow of the books appears rather superficial and (this may just be my personal feeling), apologetic -- th. "Can't Live with them; Can't Live Without Them" according to bronx book nerd. This book had an ambitious and audacious goal but fell somewhat short of the target. Rather than reveal new insights, it is actually a rehash and mishmash of a lot of already existing knowledge about the purpose and limits of organizations. If you are not versed in these, there is definitely some value in it. However, a lot of it is old hat: measuring performance can be a double-edged sword, for example. People will focus on what you measure to the possible detriment of other meaningful things. People will also game the system, and give you a lot more of what you'r
Instead, we're often baffled by what we encounter: clueless managers, a lack of clear objectives, a seeming disregard for data, and the vast gulf between HR proclamations and our experience in the cubicle.So where did it all go wrong?In THE ORG, Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan explain the tradeoffs that every organization faces, arguing that this everyday dysfunction is actually inherent to the very nature of orgs. THE ORG diagnoses the root causes of that malfunction, beginning with the economic logic of why organizations exist in the first place, then working its way up through the org's structure from the lowly cubicle to the CEO's office.Woven throughout with fascinating case studies-including McDonald's, al Qaeda, the Baltimore City Police Department, Procter and Gamble, the island nation of Samoa, and Google--THE ORG reveals why the give-and-take nature of organizations, while infuriating, nonetheless provides the best way to get the job done.You'll learn:The purpose of meetings and why they will never go awayWhy even members of al Qaeda are required to submit Travel & Expense reportsWhat managers are good forHow the army and other orgs