The Org: the Underlying Logic of the Office

April 15, 2013

the orgFrom the publisher:

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 away
  • Why even members of al Qaeda are required to submit Travel & Expense reports
  • What managers are good for
  • How the army and other orgs balance marching in lockstep with fostering innovation
  • Why it’s the hospital administration-not the heart surgeon-who is more likely to save your life
  • That CEOs often spend over 80% of their time in meetings-and why that’s exactly where they should be (and why they get paid so much)

Looking at life behind the red tape, THE ORG shows why the path from workshop to corporate behemoth is pockmarked with tradeoffs and competing incentives, but above all, demonstrates why organizations are central to human achievement.

The Org: the Underlying Logic of the Office, by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan. New York : Twelve, 2013. 309 p. ISBN 9780446571593 (hardcover)

For more information on the availability of this title from the University of Toronto Libraries catalogue, click here.

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