The Functions of the Executive 30th Anniversary Edition
Chester Irving Barnard with an Introduction by Kenneth R. Andrews
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From The Publisher:
Now reprinted for the thirty-ninth time, The Functions of the Executive has steadily increased in influence and circulation since its first appearance in December 1938. Barnard argued that organizations are essentially cooperative systems, integrating the contributions of their individual participants. Implicit in this formulation are the dual ideas that (1) participants must be induced to contribute and (2) efforts must be directed toward a common purpose. One of the functions of the executive is to inculcate "belief in the real existence of a common purpose."
"One of the contemporary classics on administration. It has contributed a great deal to organization theory. Often quited, it ia a basic work by a successful executive."
"Mr. Bernard has made a masterly contribution in his realistic treatment of such topics as informal organization, incentives, and the moral aspects of leadership."
—Harvard Business Review
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• "Organizations endure, however, in proportion to the breadth of the morality by which they are governed... Thus the endurance of organization depends upon the quality of leadership; and that quality derives from the breadth of the morality upon which it rests... A low morality will not sustain leadership long, its influence quickly vanishes, it cannot produce its own succession" Pg. 282-283
About the Author
Chester I. Barnard (1886-1961) was the President of New Jersey Bell Telephone and the Rockefeller Foundation. In Capital Philosophers, Andrea Gabor called The Functions of the Executive, "the century's seminal book on corporate leadership."
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