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The Functions of the Executive   30th Anniversary Edition

Chester Irving Barnard with an Introduction by Kenneth R. Andrews

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Format: Paperback, 334pp.
ISBN: 9780674328037
Publisher: Harvard Univ Press
Pub. Date: 30th Anniversary Edition January 1, 1971

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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."
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"Mr. Bernard has made a masterly contribution in his realistic treatment of such topics as informal organization, incentives, and the moral aspects of leadership."
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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."

Table of Contents
2The Individual and Organization8
3Physical and Biological Limitations in Cooperative Systems22
4Psychological and Social Factors in Systems of Cooperation38
5The Principles of Cooperative Action46
6The Definition of Formal Organizations65
7The Theory of Formal Organization82
8The Structure of Complex Formal Organizations96
9Informal Organizations and their Relation to Formal Organizations114
10The Bases and Kinds of Specializations127
11The Economy of Incentives139
12The Theory of Authority161
13The Environment of Decision185
14The Theory of Opportunism200
15The Executive Functions215
16The Executive Process235
17The Nature of Executive Responsibility258
Appendix: Mind in Everyday Affairs299

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