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The Necessary Nature of Future Firms: Attributes of Survivors in a Changing World (Hardback)
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The Necessary Nature of Future Firms: Attributes of Survivors in a Changing World (Hardback)

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Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 19/02/2004
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Firms - like all living systems - must be congruent with, aligned with, compatible with their environments, or they will not survive. Among the features examined in depth are practices and structural arrangements that enable firms to more rapidly and effectively: sense and interpret threats and opportunities; get decisions made; acquire and manage knowledge; innovate; and change - while simultaneously dealing with the needs for efficiency, flexibility, and employee commitment.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9780761930358
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 539 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"While many books deal with decision making and many more deal with environmental complexity, this is one of the first to lucidly tie them together and provide executives with the specific tools and mind-set necessary to bring about significant organizational change. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a key driver of the integration of business and science, and this book will be a must-read for many of the students in our masters and executive education programs."

-- Mason A. Carpenter

"The book offers yet another outstanding contribution by an author known for scholarship and insightful observations about the state of organizations and their management. The topic is timely and the book offers many useful ideas that will find their way into practice. I highly recommend it."

-- Paul C. Nutt

"This book is a must read for managers concerned with guiding their organizations into the information age. Management futurologists and academic writers have speculated on the features and characteristics of new organizational forms. The Necessary Nature of Future Firms by George Huber represents the first rigorous in-depth effort at anticipating the shape of new organizations by combining, recombining, and interpreting a vast management research literature and presenting it to managerial audiences. The book is very accessible to a broad managerial audience but especially to forward looking thoughtful managers concerned with the future of their organizations."

-- Arie Y. Lewin

"In The Necessary Nature of Future Firms, George Huber does what Huber does best--paint a compelling vision of the design of (near) future organizations as well as the implications of this design. What differentiates Huber's `visioning' efforts from most others is that they are derived not from speculation but rather from the collective thinking of a generation of organizational scientists as interpreted through Huber's own research and consulting experiences. This vision of how future firms will be designed (and, hence, how they will behave) emerges in fact from well-founded conceptualizations and validated observations."

-- Robert Zmud

"George Huber has written a wonderfully comprehensive and integrative book on organizational change, learning, and adaptation. Huber synthesizes the research-based work on change in a way that will be helpful to scholars, graduate students, as well as managers interested in organizational learning and change. The book is well written and provocative. It is a state of the art literature review with an experienced, practical point of view. This book belongs on both the scholar's desk as well as in the practitioner's office."

-- Michael L. Tushman

"Professor Huber has produced a valuable and very well researched guide for firms making the necessary transition to the knowledge economy. His sage advice and experiences will greatly help any organization navigate these tricky and dangerous waters."

-- Dr. Lawrence Prusak

"George Huber has achieved an amazing feat in this book. He has eloquently described what it will take for companies to prosper in the future by drawing upon what we know today--what we really know, based on rigorous research--about speed flexibility, learning, and innovation. Anyone interested in preparing firms for tomorrow will benefit from this important book."

-- Don Hambrick

"Provocative, insightful, and an extraordinary useful look at managing complex organizations in rapidly changing environments. This book must be read by managers and scholars trying to comprehend the challenge of managing in uncertain times under compressed time constraints."

-- Ken G. Smith

"In this rich and comprehensive book, George Huber calls on managers to take stock of their companies through a careful and systematic analysis of environmental and other pressures that will shape the nature of business into the future. The depth of analysis and detailed advice for managers is impressive. The book provides leading-edge perspectives on knowledge management, change, culture, strategy, and many aspects of decision making and human resource management. This is a timely and comprehensive book that includes everything the informed manager needs to know to examine his or her business and move it successfully into the future. This is a must read for the serious, thoughtful executive."

-- Gerardine DeSanctis

"The Necessary Nature of Future Firms is cleverly written, grounded in history, integrates an unusually extensive survey of organizational research, and is filled with evocative examples and practical guidelines which should make it great reading for practitioner and theorist alike. Huber has accomplished a rare feat--he has created a book that is both practically relevant for executives and suggests many viable avenues for organizational scholarship."

-- Kathleen M. Sutcliffe

"After a lifetime of important insights in the areas of organizational design and decision making, Huber has produced his magnum opus. His insights and ideas can help even the most seasoned manager see the world differently and become more effective."

-- C. Chet Miller

"This is an important book for any manager who faces a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive environment--which is to say, virtually every manager. Huber makes a cogent case for the fact that businesses will face much more dynamic and competitive environments in the future than they face today. More importantly, he offers practical advice for how managers can prepare for the uncertain future they face. Clearly written and carefully grounded in the best research evidence available, this book stands head and shoulders above the many management books offering short-term fads, fashions, and therapies of the moment."

-- Richard T. Mowday

"Huber gives a compelling account of the future landscape that many managers have to face today. Filled with solid academic research laced with real-world examples, Huber not only conveys the shape of that landscape, but also the roadmap to navigate it."

-- Kathleen M. Eisenhardt

"George Huber makes an important contribution with profound insights on what the future firm will look like. It will be congruent with its environment. To realize opportunities from continuing advances in science and technology and environmental complexity, the successful firm in the future will be especially good at gaining environmental intelligence, learning and integrating knowledge, and being innovative and flexible. This is not a fanciful prophesy; it is a necessary logical conclusion that Huber draws from an extensive body of scientific knowledge."

-- Andrew H. Van de Ven

"Huber's The Necessary Nature of Future Firms is a remarkable tour de force of state-of-the-art knowledge about organizational structures, processes and performance. The book integrates what we know about fundamental phenomenon in organizations such as decision making, learning, and innovation. What is exceptional about the book is Huber's ability to integrate research findings to develop thoughtful guidelines for managers about how to design their firms to be effective, both now and in the future."

-- Linda Argote
"The book is written in an easy style and has no management jargon. It also provides flow charts and appendices wherever necessary to facilitate understanding. The notes at the end of each chapter and selected references at the end of the book provide an inquisitive reader a rich source to dig deeper. The book also provides interim and final summaries of each chapter, which greatly enhances recapitulation. the book is mainly meant for managers and graduate management students." -- Amit Dhiman

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