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The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know

The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know
Studies in Organizational Theory and Behavior

Tenth Edition

June 2020 | 261 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Formerly published by Chicago Business Press, now published by Sage 

The Ropes to Skip and the Ropes to Know, Tenth Edition introduces students to a unique perspective on organizations, inviting them to 'learn the ropes' through the analysis of myths, unwritten rules, and rituals that shape everyday organizational life. The authors supplement theory with illustrative stories based on real-life incidents, allowing students to gain a deeper understanding of workplace realities.

PART I. ENTER THE MEN’S HUT Corporate Culture and Socialization
Section 1 De Gustibus Non Disputandum Est -- Socialization and Perception
Section 2 But Some Are More Equal Than Others -- Socialization and Attribution
PART 2. WHAT CAN’T BE CURED MUST BE OBSCURED The Myth and Mystery of Motivation and Decision-Making
Section 3 Doin’ What Comes Natcherly -- Motivation and Reinforcement Theory
Section 4 To Be or Not To Be Managerial -- Decision-making and Motivation
PART 3. WHATSOEVER YE SOWETH, THAT SHALL YE ALSO REAP The Romance of Leadership and the Forms of Communication
Section 5 Skate Fast Over Thin Ice -- The Myth of Leadership, Perception, and Attribution
Section 6 Actions Speak Louder Than Words -- Communication as Myth, Symbol, and Ritual
PART 4. MY OBJECT ALL SUBLIME, I SHALL ACHIEVE IN TIME Power, Stratification, and Managerial Mobility
Section 7 The Race Is Not to the Swift, Nor the Battle to the Strong -- Mobility and the Power of Lower Organizational Participants
Section 8 There, But for the Grace of God Go I -- Power, Status, and Cooling Out the Mark


Key features
  • Teaches students how to use organizational dynamics to their advantage over the course of their careers.
  • Introduces a cultural/interpretive perspective in understanding organizational dynamics.
  • Part and Section introductions provide a theoretical and conceptual underpinning for the scenarios that follow.  
  • Offers 64 detailed scenarios illustrating dynamics of organizational life from the perspective of an insider, including concepts such as socialization, motivation, decision making, leadership, forms of communication, power, stratification, and managerial mobility.
  • Box features add in-depth commentary and additional perspectives.
  • Scenarios utilize a consistent cast of characters who play established roles designed to illustrate cause and effect in a real workplace situation and offering insights for positive and successful approaches.
  • Discussion questions follow each scenario and box feature, and prompt student engagement and insights about the actions of the players.

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