Organization and Management in the Embrace of Government
Psychology Press – 2001 – 184 pages
Organization and Management in the Embrace of Government is an original exploration of how governments affect the ways people organize themselves, manage those organizations, and respond to the organizations thus created. It is a grounded theory of how governments that are weak, erratic, or hostile undermine complex organization, trust, meritocracy, commitment, and other implicit expectations about how organizations operate. Scholars, students, and all those interested in a better understanding of how governments affect our cultural expectations of one another, our organizations, and the economies based upon them will find this groundbreaking volume to be a rich resource.
The author, President-Elect of the Academy of Management, distills original comparative data drawn from China, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and the United States to paint a coherent theory of the organizational effects of governments. The book has been written primarily to introduce organizational and governmental scholars to the ways that governments can influence organization and management. However, it also is written with an eye to readers with practical interests in international management or governments. This pioneering work will be discussed and analyzed for decades to come.
"….effective governments are most noticed by their absence, such as in Eastern Europe and China in their transition from Communism. Jone Pearce makes these points with discipline, evidence, and feeling….Pearce has creatively combined organizational behavior and historical methods to develop and substantiate her arguments…I appreciate her ability to do this well….Pearch has broken out of the traditional boundaries of organization research methods…She also draws bold, broad implications for researchers as well as governments….Organization and Management in the Embrace of Government accomplishes very well its goal of documenting that governments can substantially frustrate economies and undermine organizational performance. Its implications are profound."
—Administrative Science Quarterly
Contents: A.P. Brief, J.P. Walsh, Series Editors' Foreword. Preface. Government's Embrace. Organizing in Spite of Government: Nonfacilitative Government. Organizing by Personal Relationships: Understanding Trust. Organizing by Personal Relationships: Meritocracy and Employee Empowerment. Engendering Participant Dissatisfaction, Fear, and Cheating. Unpacking Culture. Implications for Theory and Organizational Change. Appendix.