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Organizational Traps: Leadership, Culture, Organizational Design

Chris Argyris


This book questions why organizations often do not function effectively, focusing on leadership, cultural change, and organizational design. It considers how organizations often espouse a particular objective and yet frequently employ means of implementation that contradict that objective. The book illustrates how dysfunctional behaviour abounds in organizations and conflict is frequently avoided rather than dealt with openly, with the same arguments erupting repeatedly. It argues that people who feel like victims at work are not trapped by some oppressive regime, but they are trapped by their ... More

Keywords: business, organizations, management, leadership, cultural change, organizational design, organizational traps

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199586165
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Argyris, author
James Bryant Conant Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University and Director Emeritus Monitor Group Company, Boston

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