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Organizational TrapsLeadership, Culture, Organizational Design$
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Chris Argyris

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586165

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586165.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Organizational Traps

Chris Argyris

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with brief a discussion of how we are trapped by behaviour patterns that exist at all levels of organizations. Traps are created when the problems to be solved are likely to be upsetting and threatening to all concerned. These Traps inhibit effective problem solving and inhibit the detection and correction of errors. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the advice of thought leaders writing about organizations and their management. It focuses on three topics: leadership, culture, and organization design. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   organizational behaviour, traps, leadership, problem solving, organizational culture, organization design

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