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Managing on the edge : how the smartest companies use conflict to stay ahead
Pascale, Richard T.
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New York : Simon and Schuster, [1990]

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350 pages ; 24 cm
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Booklist Review

Top U.S. companies are losing their advantage, claims Pascale, and those that reach the pinnacle fall soon after. Ten years of interviews and research in the U.S. business world, and insight gained from his work in coauthoring The Art of Japanese Management [BKL Jl 1 81], stand behind Pascale's latest book, in which he critically examines major problems. Identifying two equally important factors of fit (organizational coherence) and split (diversification), he claims that the traditional paradigms--the glasses through which U.S. companies see--favor emphasis on one or the other without recognizing the productive power of maintaining tension between the two. His advocacy of a flexible and self-critical organizational structure are insightful and thoroughly documented with corporate facts and anecdotes. Though the language is fairly academic, the book as a whole is dynamic and will engage most managers. Sources, bibliography; to be indexed. --Angus Trimnell

Library Journal Review

Pascale suggests that to avoid stagnation and to be renewed, an organization should operate on the principles of fit, split, contend, and transcend. Fit deals with an organization's internal consistency; split is a technique for breaking a bigger organization into smaller units; contend is a management process that harnesses the contradictions that are inevitable in organizations; and transcend is the complexity that is necessary to successfully manage the renewal process. This is a complex concept that is intentionally different from One Minute Manager -type books. Pascale shows how this has worked in many companies including Honda, Ford, IBM, etc. Recommended for all business collections. --Michael D. Kathman, St. John's Univ., Collegeville, Minn. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.