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Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices

Paul R Lawrence

"Darwin with an MBA.." -- Terry Burnham, coauthor, Mean Genes

What Drives You?
The Drive to Acquire?
The Drive to Bond?
The Drive to Learn?
The Drive to Defend?
Learn what two Harvard researchers-- Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria-have discovered about what drives us to make the choices we make. Driven reveals the scientific foundation for an understanding of human nature and the mysteries of human behavior.

"Driven makes a daring leap across disciplinary boundaries to show how recent research in biology sheds light on human nature, and thus social behavior. Social scientists need to pay attention to important works like this." --Francis Fukuyama, author, The Great Disruption and The End of History and the Last Man

"This is a stimulating and provocative book in bringing together important ideas from different fields and, thereby, giving us a whole new slant on 'human nature.'" --Edgar H. Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and senior lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Book Information

Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publish Date: 09/22/2002
Pages: 352
ISBN-13: 9780787963859
ISBN-10: 0787963852
Language: English

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A touchstone for understanding how we behave on the job

"This is a stimulating and provocative book in bringing together important ideas from different fields, and, thereby, giving us a whole new slant on 'human nature.'" --Edgar H. Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and Senior Lecturer, MIT

In this astonishing, provocative, and solidly researched book, two Harvard Business School professors synthesize 200 years of thought along with the latest research drawn from the biological and social sciences to propose a new theory, a unified synthesis of human nature. Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria have studied the way people behave in that most fascinating arena of human behavior-the workplace-and from their work they produce a book that examines the four separate and distinct emotive drives that guide human behavior and influence the choices people make: the drives to acquire, bond, learn, and defend. They ultimately show that, just as advances in information technology have spurred the New Economy in the last quarter of the twentieth century, current advances in biology will be the key to understanding humans and organizations in the new millennium.

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