Strengthening New Approaches

Chris Argyris

in Organizational Traps

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199586165
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702426 | DOI:
Strengthening New Approaches

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This chapter examines various new approaches that are supposed to solve organizational problems and bring new levels of performance. It argues that although they all have something of value to offer, they all also fall short in so far as they fail to address the existence of Traps. The crucial reality that many of these approaches overlook — no matter how innovative they seem on the surface — is that they must all be implemented by human beings, who although they often espouse Model II values and productive reasoning, usually retreat to the safety of Model I values and a defensive mind-set in action.

Keywords: organizational culture; organizational change; organizational behaviour; cultural change; Model I values; Model II values; defensive reasoning; productive reasoning; traps

Chapter.  8878 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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