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The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know: Studies in Organizational Behavior / Edition 6

The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know: Studies in Organizational Behavior / Edition 6

by R. Richard Ritti, Steve Levy


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This story is about me, and some fellow employees in The Company. When I graduated from school and started working for The Company, I never thought it would be so hard-not only learning my job, but also making sense of the everyday events happening all around me. As I soon discovered, learning the ropes at any organization takes time.

Organizations have their own myths, rituals, cultures, and most importantly, their own people. You have to be able to decipher the unwritten rules. I hope my story will provide you with a new way of looking at organizations, and help you analyze, interpret, and understand the everyday realities of organizational life.

This Seventh Edition of The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know is updated and revised to give you a feel for what it's like to currently work for The Company. The new edition includes several new boxes and a new tale, and a significantly rewritten prologue. Also, a new and expanded Instructor's Manual on the website features discussion starter questions related to issues addressed in each of the tales. Extensive notes on these issues are also provided for instructors.

Whether you are a new-comer or an old-timer in the business world, I hope my story will help you on your journey as you learn the ropes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471415718
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Box 1Celebrating Your Layoff8
Part 1Enter the Men's Hut: Corporate Culture and Socialization9
Box 2Of Culture and Matreshka Dolls13
Section 1De Gustibus Non Disputandum Est: Socialization and Perception17
1Hi, Call Me _21
2The Power of Positive Thinking24
3Cleanliness Is Next To ...?26
4Look of a Winner29
Box 3Almost Too Good to Be True?32
5Just in Case34
6The Sincerest Form of Flattery38
7Hi, Sweetie ...41
Section 2But Some are More Equal Than Others: Socialization and Attribution43
Box 4Bad Apples at Abu Ghraib?46
8Cat in the Hat49
10My Brother's Keeper55
11You Can't Be Too Careful58
12Scarlet Letter61
Part 2What Can't Be Cured Must Be Obscured: The Myth and Mystery of Motivation and Decision Making65
Box 5Mr. Li's Gong: Motivating with Shame69
Section 3Doin' What Comes Natcherly: Motivation and Reinforcement Theory71
13Fair Day's Work75
14Player Piano77
15Am I Invisible?80
16Back to the Drawing Board83
Box 6Saga of the IBM PC-Part I86
17Rite of Passage88
Box 7Finishing School at Salomon Brothers90
18Sunrise Service92
19Who Could Have Known?94
20Made to Measure97
Box 8Measurement of Results and the Results of Measuring99
21Spend It, Burn It ...102
Section 4To Be or not to Be: Managerial Decision Making and Motivation105
22Excess Inventory109
23Like It Is112
24Hold That Line115
25The Rating Game118
Box 9Innovation in Appraisals121
27Top Secret126
Box 10Safe Driving Tips128
28As I Recall129
29Figures Don't Lie ...?132
30Giving Your Best136
Box 11Fixing the Facts138
Part 3Whatsoever Ye Soweth, That Shall Ye Also Reap: The Romance of Leadership and the Forms of Communication141
Section 5Skate Fast Over Thin Ice: The Myth of Leadership, Perception, and Attribution145
Box 12Creating the Illusion of Control148
31The Men's Hut149
32Better the Devil You Know ...152
33Success Story156
Box 13A Model Corporate Career158
34Stitch in Time160
35By Your Works Shall Ye Be Known163
36The Million Dollar Misunderstanding166
37The Pearl169
Box 14The Saga of the IBM PC-Part II171
38Most Valuable Player173
Section 6Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Communication as Myth, Symbol, and Ritual177
Box 15No Threat Here to the Theory of the System180
39Coffee Break183
40Society of Equals185
42Bite of the Apple191
43Beyond the Call of Duty194
45Extra Effort200
Part 4My Object all Sublime, I Shall Achieve in Time: Power, Stratification, and Managerial Mobility205
Section 7The Race is Not to the Swift, Nor the Battle to the Strong: Mobility and the Power of Lower Organizational Participants211
47Your Job? My Reputation!217
48Ted's Boy220
Box 16Convenants and Carnage224
50Friday Go to Meetin'226
Box 17More "Exercise" for the Faithful228
51Ghosting for Gain230
52Don't Ask233
53Point of No Return236
54To Everything There Is a Season239
55Haste Makes Waste243
Section 8There, But for the Grace of God, Go I: Power, Status, and Cooling Out the Mark249
56All for the Best in This Best of All Possible Worlds255
Box 18Cool Green259
57Small Is Beautiful261
58More Bang for the Buck264
59Individual Contributor268
Box 19Drug Bust270
60The Threefold Way272
Selected Readings293

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