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The Social Psychology of Organizing (Topics in Social Psychology Series) Paperback – January 1, 1979

ISBN-13: 978-0075548089 ISBN-10: 0075548089 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Topics in Social Psychology Series
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 2nd edition (January 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0075548089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0075548089
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karl Weick is the Rensis Likert College Professor of Organizational Behavior and Psychology, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan.

He is one of the leading figures in the American Academy of Management and he is seen by many as one of the most influential thinkers and writers in the field.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1996
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books I've ever read about
understanding how organizations really work. Since we
spend most of our waking lives inside organizations, that's
pretty useful.

Weick is an academic and you'll have to work a bit to get
his points, but no where near as much as the average in
academia. Most of the stuff you'll find in the average
business section on organizations is either wrong or a
watered down version of Weick's thinking. Why not go to the
source?
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Zelig on November 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Weick in his brillant book shows how different is organizational practice from what we try to believe in. He suggests a completely different from traditional approach to organizations - he claims, that in organizations people attach sense to their actions AFTER they perform them, but afterwards try to reason they 'had decided' before. Unclear as it may seem, it is pretty easy to grasp from the book. Weick also develops a notion of 'organizing' rather than 'organizations' and shows how processes are important in describing actions performed by organizational actors. The book is old, but is worth studying for researchers, scholars and even the consultants.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jan Lelie on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Weick book is based on a few simple principles: organising is a kind or reiterated, continuous, evolutionary process of interaction. All kind of simple theories on processes are true, most of all the process of calling something "true". Its is true because it has been called so. Our goal: reduce equivocality, equivocality introduced by (external) changes. The book contains examples, case studies, facts, theories and cartoons on the way we organize organizations. It has even picture you may finish yourself! Somebody stole my edition years ago - or thought i had agreed on a long lease contract -, and that book was loaded with annotation, dirty and used. Need i say more?
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
Of all the books on my shelf referring to organizational life, Weick's classic is the only one in which almost all the pages are highlighted in yellow! This book is superb. Not only does it provide provocative fodder for discussion amongst academics, it rings true with managers who have experienced organizational life in all its dimensions. It is a must-read for anyone who is a student of organizations or for anyone who wishes to succeed within them. And since organizations pervade our lives, understanding them better translates readily into making sense of the often overwhelming complexity and contradiction they create.
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