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  • Paperback: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books (December 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891396390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891396397
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Doctor A. on August 5, 2006
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For nearly a half century, the pioneering work of David McClelland has been considered a major contribution to understanding human behavior in the organizational setting. The existence of the psychological drives for achievement, affiliation, and social power and influence have been well supported by the work of Abraham Maslow, Frederick Herzberg, Peter Drucker, Warren Bennis, Jeffrey Pfeffer, and countless others. Many of the ideas in "The Achieving Society" are as relevant today as when first written. Other of McClelland's notions have been the springboard for more contemporary research. The richness of his work should be obvious to both those well grounded in organizational behavior and students aspiring to become so.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Kelner Jr. on June 22, 2009
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This was far from a "failed" research project, as one reviewer implied. McClelland successfully managed to predict the economic futures of entire countries (e.g., Japan, India), as well as intervening in them to some extent, as he did in India. There is a reason why this book was required reading at the Harvard Business School for so long.
The research methodology is ingenious and difficult to make simple, but the patterns of motivated behaviors have shown themselves quite robust, and still underpin a great deal of the work on competencies, e.g., the work of Goleman and Boyatzis. Is it current? No. Does it have something to teach us about the Achievement Motive and how it influences culture and society? No question.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Smith on October 8, 2011
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Contra a statement by one of the reviewers, McClelland does in fact develop the n Achievement/Affiliation/Power factors extensively, and provides a detailed breakdown of his discussion in the appendix, where the three concepts combined occupy over a half a page of entries.

Cognitive and cultural/attitudinal factors are coming back strongly as a causal factor in human achievement, where expertise, 'deliberate practice', and effort are now recognized as decisive. And what's good for the individual presumably is good for the collective...non? Of course, social injustice can impede widespread 'self-actualization' by the disadvantaged. Hence the need for an achievement society (culture, that is).
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By CathyMike on February 20, 2015
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I needed this for school. I was surprised that the reading was so easy and good, packaging was good and arrival was good
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