Raymond Fisman

Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise
Co-Director, Social Enterprise Program

The Org

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The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office

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Editorial Reviews

"A voice of ­reasoned ­analysis amid the airport bookstore barkers . . . breezy and approachable . . . the conclusions and insights presented in THE ORG are ones you can actually use. Less Hollywood blockbuster and more a moody independent film, THE ORG is incisive on how things actually are, while leaving readers to find the answers." (Bloomberg Business Week )

"...a compelling new book....The book offers telling insight on a topic that has ebbed and flowed across the world over the last 30 years, as governments of all stripes have set out to privatize state-owned enterprises and outsource services - what does the private sector do better than government, and what does it do worse?" (Eduardo Porto, The New York Times )

"An amiable guide, enjoyably wry without being jokey....[A]s an antidote to hokum, the authors' mission to help you "descend into better-informed cynicism"-to find the "least dysfunctional" of all possible dysfunctional orgs-is the kind of literary stock that pays greater dividends." (The Wall Street Journal )

"For many of us who are seeking a framework for understanding the confusing and rapidly evolving patterns of global supply chains and trade, THE ORG provides a wonderfully powerful and clear conceptual lens."
(Michael Spence, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics and author of The Next Convergence )

"THE ORG makes the world of work comprehensible to anyone who's been driven to cynicism by the dysfunction of nearly any organization. And with examples from McDonald's to the Methodist Church, it may even make life inside the org a little more fun." (Richard Florida, author of Rise of the Creative Class, professor University of Toronto and NYU, Senior Editor The Atlantic )

"THE ORG is that rare thing: an insightful management book that's also fun to read...Reading it is like listening in as a team of McKinsey consultants spars with Dilbert." (Nathaniel Fick, CEO of the Center for a New American Security and author of One Bullet Away )

"A levelheaded look at the pros of the Way Things Are Done, and a blueprint to improve it...playful writing and thoughtful analysis make this an intriguing read." (Publishers Weekly )

"Falls well into the required reading for MBAs set. I believe it will be THE required reading on the subject of organisational economics. . . . if you like Downton Abbey, then you are going to appreciate your time with The Org." (Digitopoly.com )