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Systemantics: The Underground Text of Systems Lore [Paperback]

John Gall , D.H. Gall
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November 1986 0961825103 978-0961825102
Book by Gall, John


Product Details

  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: General Systemantics Pr/Liberty (November 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961825103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961825102
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The answer to: "Why is Dilbert so popular?" August 23, 2000
I know the author personally. As a lawyer and a former executive, I found the book insightful, hilarious, and - even - depressing. John does an excellent job of uncovering cultural blinders we all labor under. Our genes have not prepared us to work in the gigantic systems and organizations that provide, govern, and torture us. I enjoyed the second part of the book ("Applied Systemantics") more than the more conceptual first part. This book is an important antidote to Organizational Development hucksterism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous, Sad & Illuminating December 20, 2001
Discovering John Gall's book a view of life. Gall spells out the failings of, largely, cultural assumptions in the realms of education, food production, corporate culture and so on, in ways that are easy to understand despite complexities. Systemantics represents a collection rules and laws that characterize and define systems (from corporations, organizations, religions to families and other social groups), and Gall cites notable examples that have graced the headlines (from the mid-80s, in my edition). With humor and wit, Gall outlines potential and obvious pitfalls. Despite its age, this book is even more relevant today since much of what Gall elucidates is even more rampant than ever. Fans of Daniel Quinn (author of Ishmael, The Story of B, etc.) may find this appropriate to augment their interests.
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I read the previous reviews -- the most of them came from people with engineering bend. But this book is not only for engineers, it is for everyone - managers, politicians, lawyers, programmers, urban planners -- you name it. As the matter of fact, you will never read a newspaper the same way after being familiarized with Dr. Gall's book. The Diberterque environment of your office will not feel like something extraordinary after you realize that there are natural reasons why it has become Dilbertesque.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide to Life February 5, 2000
I am ordering yet another copy of Dr. Gall's jewel after giving my previous copies away to friends who after skimming my book simply must have it now. This book should be a must read for everyone but especially managers - it is easy to get caught up in "the system" and forget what you're really doing. This book is a brilliant and witty reminder.
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