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Organisations Behaving Badly : A Greek Tragedy of Corporate Pathology - Leon Gettler

Organisations Behaving Badly

A Greek Tragedy of Corporate Pathology

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Modern corporations, like the mythical hero Oedipus Rex, are afflicted by a refusal to acknowledge the truth that is almost psychopathic. This is according to Leon Gettler, who argues in Organisations Behaving Badly that the spirit of this Greek king to turn a blind eye to the bleeding obvious, is indicative of how many national and international corporations run their empires.

This fascinating, and at times humorous exploration of big business, parallels Greek mythology. Like a chief executive confronted with news that threatens the established order, not to mention his job, Oedipus lies into a rage and begins to accuse his brother-in-law, Creon, of plotting to overthrow him. You get the picture?

With fascinating and insightful explorations into such organisations as HIH, OneTel, Parmalat, James Hardie and even the role of the Church and the education system, Leon Gettler leaves no stone unturned and sets out to prove that organisations have been behaving badly since ancient civilisation. Leon Gettler is the Economics staff writer at The Age.

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4.0

excellent

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little bit off the beaten track but certainly not boring

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4.0

Good entertaining read

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    Comments about Organisations Behaving Badly:

    Some good insights - a dry topic treated in an entertaining fashion

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    Well worth the money

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      Well worth a second reading.

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      Foreword

      Acknowledgements

      About The Author

      Chapter 1: Organised Madness

      Chapter 2: Myopic Organizations: Turning A Blind Eye And Other Oedipus Complexities

      Chapter 3: Bureaucratic Organization: Creon In A Suit

      Chapter 4: Charismatic Organizations: The Power And Atrocities Of Ajax

      Chapter 5: Paranoid Organizations: Electra’s Mirror

      Chapter 6: Depressive Organizations: The Stable Unsatisfactory World Of Hercules And Deianira

      Chapter 7: Over Politicised Organizations: An Agenda For Philoctetes

      Chapter 8: Omnipotence, Insight And Resolution: Corporations On The Couch

      Endnotes

      Index

      ISBN: 9781740311205
      ISBN-10: 1740311205
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 215
      Published: 1st April 2005
      Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 1.5
      Weight (kg): 0.345