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Reworking Authority


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A bold examination of the social and psychological dilemmas we face in the postmodern organization. Hirschhorn has a wonderful way of grounding theory in insightful and provocative vignettes. Organizational consultants and aware managers will find this book a must-read. -- John Seely Brown, Chief Scientist, Xerox Corporation; Director, Xerox PARC In Reworking Authority, Larry Hirschhorn continues and goes beyond his important contribution in understanding and managing organizations. By skillful integration of psychodynamics, strategy, economics of the firm, and important cultural patterns, he develops new concepts related to leadership and followership in the postmodern organization. -- Chris Argyris, James Bryan Conant Professor of Education and Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University In Reworking Authority, Larry Hirschhorn incisively describes the changing dynamics and difficulties of contemporary organizations. His approach to consulting with troubled groups, addressing the needs and fears of personnel at all levels in the hierarchy, is sensitive and sophisticated. This book will fascinate and inform anyone with an interest in the way organizations, or the people who work in them, function in our postmodern age. -- Jay Greenberg, Editor, Contemporary Psychoanalysis

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Larry Hirschhorn is principal and senior research manager at the Wharton Center for Applied Research.


A principal at the Center for Applied Research in Philadelphia, Hirschhorn examines here the psychological dynamic of the work environment. Drawing on his years of experience as a consultant, he delves into the miasma of interpersonal relationships, bringing to light unpleasant feelings like envy, resentment, and ingratitude. Real-world examples illustrate his points. The writing is clear, although the paragraphs tend to be quite long and the poor choice of typeface gives a crammed look. Appearances aside, the message is important: workers and employers must strive to find common ground and have a civil dialog for healing postmodern wounds in the workplace, caused by the steady advance of uncertainty. For public libraries.‘Randy L. Abbott, Univ. of Evansville Libs., Ind.

... unusually eloquent in relating the trends of contemporarypopular culture to the structure of authority in working groups. -Minneapolis Star Tribune

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