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Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers Best Read || [Robert Jackall]
Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM By Robert Jackall

Robert Jackall s Moral Mazes offers an eye opening account of how corporate managers think the world works, and how big organizations shape moral consciousness Based on extensive interviews with managers at every level of two industrial firms and of a large public relations agency, Moral Mazes takes the reader inside the intricate world of the corporation Jackall revealsRobert Jackall s Moral Mazes offers an eye opening account of how corporate managers think the world works, and how big organizations shape moral consciousness Based on extensive interviews with managers at every level of two industrial firms and of a large public relations agency, Moral Mazes takes the reader inside the intricate world of the corporation Jackall reveals a world where hard work does not necessarily lead to success, but where sharp talk, self promotion, powerful patrons, and sheer luck might Cheerfully bland public faces mask intense competition in this world where people hide their intentions, and accountability often depends on the ability to outrun mistakes In this topsy turvy world, managers must bring often unforgiving technology and always difficult people together to make money, an uncompromising task demanding continual compromises with conventional truths Moral questions become merely practical concerns and issues of public relations Sooner or later, managers find themselves wondering how to act in such a world and still maintain a sense of personal integrity This brilliant, sometimes disturbing, often wildly funny study of corporate thinking, decision making, and morality presents compelling real life stories of the men and women charged with running the businesses of America It will interest anyone concerned with how big organizations actually function, or with the current mora
  • Title: Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers
  • Author: Robert Jackall
  • ISBN: 9780199729883
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback

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Leajk Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
One of Aaron Swartz s favourite books apparently.
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Chris Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Written with a decent sized vocabulary but not venturing too far into academic ese, this book should be required reading for MBAs Familiarity with European social structures in the Middle Ages kings, barons, etc and Calvinism is helpful since he uses these as reference points I have worked in a large company in an oligopolistic industry for several years and have been puzzled by how fast what is important to the organization shifts, leaving a proliferation of priorities that fade but ostensibly [...]
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Zach Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
We didn t choose to be bureaucratsNo, that s what Almighty Jah made usWe d treat people like swine and make them stand in lineEven if nobody paid usThey say the world looks down on the bureaucratsThey say we re anal, compulsive and weirdBut when push comes to shove you gotta do what you loveEven if it s not a good idea
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Allys Dierker Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
For a sociological study that s 30 years old, Jackall s investigation of middle management moral framework is still fairly, and demoralizingly, spot on He begins with Max Weber s concept of the Protestant Ethic and maintains that America s management structure is related, but a different kind of hybrid organization that contains markers of the patrimonial bureaucracy of kings and princes, but that is also overlaid with a personalism that demands fealty to the CEO and elected appointed officials. [...]
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steve Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
this man was before his time the introduction alone is worth the kindle price everyone knows that bureaucracy creates its own rules, but rarely are they parsed and analyzed by an external party if you ve ever wanted an academic and surprisingly dry analysis of the behaviors that manifest themselves in corporate america than you would be hard pressed to find a better read than this book if you re of the ignorance is bliss school of thought, pass on this otherwise, for something that was written i [...]
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Keri Swenson Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
A fascinating and disturbing look into the workings of managerial life Aaron Swartz had noted this as an influential book, so I was curious to explore what he found compelling about it Overall, Moral Mazes is at once shocking but unsurprising The detailed descriptions of the lengths managers will go to further their own careers and seeing the ways in which corporations make denying and rationalizing indeed, ultimately accepting and defending morally questionable behavior possible were the aspect [...]
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Jonathan Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
In the late 1980 s, Jackall an anthropology sociology professor interviewed several managers at three large companies a chemical manufacturer, a textile company, and a PR firm This book describes the conclusions about corporate life that he drew from those interviews Jackall considers large companies to be systems of organized irresponsibility In bureaucracies, allocations of success and blame become largely arbitrary Middle managers who rotate through positions for a couple of years adopt short [...]
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Alex Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
If you don t like management books, read this one A sociologist is doing research in the community of managers like he would describe an indigenous tribe in Papua Neuguinea The research was done in the 80s, but it feels like it was written yesterday Every current criticism of the management caste is here examined, explained and put into context If you ever wondered where the lack of moral values, the short sightedness of decision making, the intransparent criteria for being promoted and the arti [...]
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Rohit Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Mentioned by Aaron Schwartz as one of the two books that influenced him and his thoughts Might pick up some day.
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Uwe Hook Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Must read for anyone Moral Mazes is an extensive, award winning and highly accurate sociological portrait of life in the modern corporation, an academic precursor, so to speak, of the Dilbert cartoon strip Unlike many other writers on this topic, Jackall doesn t resort to Marxist rants, but rather, compares modern corporate culture to the Protestant work ethic most Americans are raised into.Jackall s inquiry, based on in depth interviews with managers themselves, is broad in scope, and it is har [...]
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Evan Snyder Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
I ve worked for two tech companies in my engineering career so far, previously one founded in 1984 and currently one founded in 2004 Jackall s observations resonated very strongly with my experience at the company born in the 80s I am happy to say that a 21st century perspective seems to have in particular ameliorated my personal grievance of people talking out of their asses without actually accomplishing anything in order to hop up the corporate ladder At the company of 1984, I watched such an [...]
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Byron Wall Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
provides invaluable insight into what drives decision making in large scale businesses, well worth the read.
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Blakely Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Wow what a book Jackall is a sociologist who spends two years interviewing managers at two very large manufacturing companies to discuss corporate culture, career advancement, morals, and a whole host of other subjects.I would have considered myself to be pretty well informed on the subject of corporate irresponsibility, but reading excerpts from some of Jackall s interviews was still quite eye opening Jackall delves deep into the corporate cultures of short term thinking, blurred lines of respo [...]
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Timothy Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Most of the conclusions just confirmed existing assumptions This book has probably sculpted public perception over the years to the point that people today would already have the impressions that this book argued for in its heyday.
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Brittany Bond Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
I have read a lot of business management books for both pleasure trying to stay current with the latest hot reads in the street and work reading the entire book whenever cited on a course syllabus or as recommended background reading.And this book is the best one so far.It came to me on the syllabus for a course I am a teaching assistant for this Spring Being Effective Power and Influence a very popular MBA elective at MIT Sloan I listened to the audiobook that includes a post Great Recession up [...]
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Kristian Köhntopp Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Das Sachbuch zu Office Space Seit kurzem gibt es Moral Mazes als Kindle Edition Robert Jackall beschriebt hier die Business Ethics und Regeln des Managements einiger amerikanischer Konzerne, auf der Basis von Interviews und Fallstudien in den sp ten 80er und fr hen 90er Jahren.Ich bin auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden, weil es in opinionators.nytimes sehr lesenswerter Artikel erw hnt wird Aaron Swartz counted Moral Mazes among his very favorite books und The bureaucracy was telling him to shut up [...]
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Sparowhawke Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Published in 1988 an updated version is available, but I did not have ready access to it , this book remains remarkably current, even prescient The events and examples referenced by the author, and the anecdotes derived from them, are generally familiar to me from the early years of my professional life A younger person might not be as familiar with the particulars, but the intervening years have supplied sufficient analogs that readers younger than I need only search recent memory for parallels [...]
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Doug Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Amazing sociological analysis of corporate culture from in depth study and interviews over two years at several large corporations The culture of yes men what bosses say they don t want , avoidance of decision making, cover your ass mentality through group think, morality that consists of self interest alone, not even that of the stockholders and certainly not that of the customers or the employees was eye opening The only problem with the book is that it is now 25 years old and needs updating I [...]
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mis fit Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
I can t decide if this is 4 stars or 5, actually This book is pretty amazing, and gets at a lot of the social psychological aspects of corporate decision making that I have been trying to figure out but just haven t been able to get a handle on This sort of thing is awesome because it addresses the everyday world of corporate management There is this weird sort of way that capitalism eats away at itself that O Connor s second contradiction just does not fully explain, and it s something that I h [...]
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Jonathan Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
The theme Jackall explores is how the social norms and behaviours expected within large complex bureaucracies compel managers to behave in morally ambiguous and self serving ways Whilst anyone who has worked in a large organisation can recognise some of the behaviours Jackall describes this is an unremittingly one sided account illustrated largely by anecdote Whilst undoubtedly there are some valid insights in this book his perspective leaves no room for factors beyond self interest to guide peo [...]
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John Mcdonnell Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Fairly depressing and presumably accurate view of corporate management world I think it s aged fairly well Corporations are organized around internal networks of patronage that determine decision making and ascent of individuals careers managerial communication is coded for ideological palatability and dynamism in the face of changing circumstances rather than straightforward communication.One substantial difference between Jackal s era and the present day is tenure at companies Managers in Jack [...]
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Jacek Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
An eye opening book that didn t age much Jackall does great job identifying structures, mechanisms and motivations that drive corporations and corporate managers and it s a terrifying read recommended me Hannah Arendt s Eichmann in Jerusalem as a related book, and it is in fact closely related Moral Mazes is also a book about banality of evil, and, while it s not the main goal, it tries to answer the question why normal people do evil things.But that becomes a flaw, as throughout the book Jackal [...]
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Tara Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
I lost some faith in humanity over the course of this book An interesting foray into world of middle management in larger organisations The politics and crazy incentive structures produce some fascinating, and at times cringeworthy outcomes Recommended for anyone who interacts with larger organisations, or works in a management role.
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Anand Karthik Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Amazing account in detail about how good meaning middle managers come under the influence of a corporation s ethics end up creating so much evil It goes full circle on the complex relationships between markets, profits, economy, managers and ethics of corporation.
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Clayton Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
While dated, the stories outlined in this book are still pretty applicable to everyday corporate life Lots of interesting anecdotes about the crazy shit normally or not rational people do in the name of covering their ass, career advancement, character assassination and other dubious endeavors.
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Clare Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
It uses the metaphor of a feudal system to describe corporate culture Middle managers work to gain favor, like the lords, of the CEO or king.
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Dawn Culver Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
More relevant today than ever.
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Firawesome Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Little has changed today in terms of the book s relevance in defining the Corporate world since the book s publication.
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darlene Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
The chapter on re orgs has been made required reading for me but I am still in progress
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Luke Derror Jan 25, 2021 - 22:28 PM
Why working in a company or organization is like living in a monarchy
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Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers By Robert Jackall Robert Jackall s Moral Mazes offers an eye opening account of how corporate managers think the world works, and how big organizations shape moral consciousness Based on extensive interviews with managers at every level of two industrial firms and of a large public relations agency, Moral Mazes takes the reader inside the intricate world of the corporation Jackall revealsRobert Jackall s Moral Mazes offers an eye opening account of how corporate managers think the world works, and how big organizations shape moral consciousness Based on extensive interviews with managers at every level of two industrial firms and of a large public relations agency, Moral Mazes takes the reader inside the intricate world of the corporation Jackall reveals a world where hard work does not necessarily lead to success, but where sharp talk, self promotion, powerful patrons, and sheer luck might Cheerfully bland public faces mask intense competition in this world where people hide their intentions, and accountability often depends on the ability to outrun mistakes In this topsy turvy world, managers must bring often unforgiving technology and always difficult people together to make money, an uncompromising task demanding continual compromises with conventional truths Moral questions become merely practical concerns and issues of public relations Sooner or later, managers find themselves wondering how to act in such a world and still maintain a sense of personal integrity This brilliant, sometimes disturbing, often wildly funny study of corporate thinking, decision making, and morality presents compelling real life stories of the men and women charged with running the businesses of America It will interest anyone concerned with how big organizations actually function, or with the current mora

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