The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management

  • ID: 2217733
  • Book
  • 160 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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When Jerry B. Harvey first coined the phrase "Abilene Paradox? in 1974 , he set off shock waves among business people across the country. Using a common family experience, he pointed out that events often gather momentum and take on lives of their own, in spite of the fact that nobody wants to take part in them.Harvey offers insightful and often uproariously funny "meditations? on the craziness of this paradox in our daily work lives. With familiar stories presented in surprising ways, Harvey reveals how organizations set themselves up for failure by fostering an atmosphere of alienation, distrust, and fear of risk–taking among their members.
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1. Introduction

2. The Abilene Paradox: The Management of Agreement

3. Organizations as Phrog Farms

4. Management and the Myth of Abraham; or, Go Plant a Cabbage on God′s Behalf

5. Captain Asoh and the Concept of Grace

6. Eichmann in the Organization

7. Group Tyranny and the Gunsmoke Phenomenon

8. Encouraging Future Managers to Cheat
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"Harvey′s meditations are a joy. They are the most exquisite essays on management that I′ve read in over a decade. In fact, this is the only book about management that I′ve really loved." ––Warren Bennis, coauthor of Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge and author of Why Leaders Can′t Lead

"Jerry Harvey has become a legAnd in his own time with the success of The Abilene Paradox––a principle of group behavior that has application in corporations, government, academia, and family alike. Now he takes aim at a host of other sacred organizational norms and, in succession, dismantles each. You′ll smile at his insight and laugh at his wit." ––Kenneth H. Blanchard, coauthor of The One–Minute Manager
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