Understanding Organizations...Finally!: Structure in Sevens

Understanding Organizations...Finally!: Structure in Sevens

By Henry Mintzberg

"Synthesizing 60 years of intense research into organizational design and theory, the iconic Henry Mintzberg provides an elegant, plain-English map to the forces that shape all human organizations"--


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Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publish Date: 02/07/2023
Pages: 244
ISBN-13: 9781523000050
ISBN-10: 1523000058
Language: English

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February 15, 2023

Culture and Conflict

By Henry Mintzberg

Organizations with indistinct cultures are like people with indistinct personalities—they are more flesh and bones than heart and soul. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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The iconic Henry Mintzberg provides a crystal-clear map to the forms and forces that shape all human organizations, synthesizing his fifty years of research. We live in a world of organizations, from our birth in hospitals until our burial by funeral homes. In between, we are educated, employed, entertained, and exasperated by organizations. We had better understand how these strange beasts really work. But where can we go to find out? Welcome to Understanding Organizations . . . Finally! For half a century, Mintzberg has been observing organizations, advising them, engaging them, and escaping them. Here he offers a masterful update and revision of his 1983 classic, Structure in Fives. Believing there is one best way to structure organizations is the worst way to do so. A better place to start is by recognizing different species of organizations. Mintzberg identifies seven--personal enterprises, programmed machines, professional assemblies, project pioneers, and others. He explores these forms and the seven forces that drive them toward hybrids and across their life cycles. You will find no better guide to the care and feeding of these extraordinarily varied and vital creatures than this book.

About the Author

Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University in Montreal, the winner of awards from the most prestigious academic and practitioner institutions in management ( Harvard Business Review , Academy of Management, Association of Management Consulting Firms, and others), and the recipient of twenty honorary degrees from around the world.

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