The Intelligent Organization

Gifford Pinchot (Author) | Elizabeth Pinchot (Author)

Publication date: 10/01/1996

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The Intelligent Organization
  • Everyone complains about bureaucracy. Here's how to replace it with more humane and effective systems of organization
  • From the authors of Intrapreneuring, one of the bestselling and most influential business books of the 1980s
  • Originally published in hardcover as The End of Bureaucracy and the Rise of the Intelligent Organization

Though bureaucracy appears on almost every "biggest problems with business" list, most management books simply suggest ways to make it work better. This book shows how to replace bureaucracy with fundamentally different principles for organizing and coordinating work.

Gifford and Elizabeth Pinchot confront head-on the key organizational issues that are threatening the very existence of today's corporations. They assert that "bureaucracy is no more appropriate to the information age than serfdom was to the industrial era. Only freedom and community will work."

The Pinchots describe "intelligent organizations" that make full use of the intelligence of all employees. By developing and engaging the intelligence, business judgment, and wide-system responsibility of all its members, an organization can respond far more effectively to customers, partners, and competitors. The Pinchots provide a far-reaching guide to:
o establishing internal free markets
o liberated teams
o community in the workplace
o equality and diversity
o democratic self-rule
o multiple sources of authority
o limited corporate government

The Pinchots support the sweeping changes they propose with numerous examples of how these changes are already being implemented in such diverse organizations as AT&T, the Canadian National Railroad, DuPont, Russian entrepreneurial firms, Hewlett-Packard, and the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Everyone complains about bureaucracy. Here's how to replace it with more humane and effective systems of organization
  • From the authors of Intrapreneuring, one of the bestselling and most influential business books of the 1980s
  • Originally published in hardcover as The End of Bureaucracy and the Rise of the Intelligent Organization

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  • Everyone complains about bureaucracy. Here's how to replace it with more humane and effective systems of organization
  • From the authors of Intrapreneuring, one of the bestselling and most influential business books of the 1980s
  • Originally published in hardcover as The End of Bureaucracy and the Rise of the Intelligent Organization

Though bureaucracy appears on almost every "biggest problems with business" list, most management books simply suggest ways to make it work better. This book shows how to replace bureaucracy with fundamentally different principles for organizing and coordinating work.

Gifford and Elizabeth Pinchot confront head-on the key organizational issues that are threatening the very existence of today's corporations. They assert that "bureaucracy is no more appropriate to the information age than serfdom was to the industrial era. Only freedom and community will work."

The Pinchots describe "intelligent organizations" that make full use of the intelligence of all employees. By developing and engaging the intelligence, business judgment, and wide-system responsibility of all its members, an organization can respond far more effectively to customers, partners, and competitors. The Pinchots provide a far-reaching guide to:
o establishing internal free markets
o liberated teams
o community in the workplace
o equality and diversity
o democratic self-rule
o multiple sources of authority
o limited corporate government

The Pinchots support the sweeping changes they propose with numerous examples of how these changes are already being implemented in such diverse organizations as AT&T, the Canadian National Railroad, DuPont, Russian entrepreneurial firms, Hewlett-Packard, and the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Everyone complains about bureaucracy. Here's how to replace it with more humane and effective systems of organization
  • From the authors of Intrapreneuring, one of the bestselling and most influential business books of the 1980s
  • Originally published in hardcover as The End of Bureaucracy and the Rise of the Intelligent Organization

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Gifford Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot leads the firm Pinchot & Company, which trains intrapreneurial teams to succeed, helps managers to better foster innovation, and designs reward systems that encourage innovation and wise long-term management. He is author of the bestselling classic Intrapreneuring: Why You Don't Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur, The Intelligent Organization , coauthored with his wife Elizabeth Pinchot, and Intrapreneuring in Practice, coauthored with Ron Pellman.

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Visit Author Page - Elizabeth Pinchot


Elizabeth Pinchot and her husband, Gifford Pinchot have started and run four companies together, consulted to and trained executives of more than half of the 100 largest companies in the United States and many abroad, including AT&T, Banco de Brasil, the Canadian National Railroad, DuPont, Ford, Hoechst Celenese, Kodak, Motorola, the New York Stock Exchange, 3M, and the U.S. Forest Service. They have also led school and community reform projects, and collaborated in the writing of their influential book, Intrapreneuring. Elizabeth and Gifford Pinchot are also coauthors of The Intelligent Organizaiton.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword by Warren Bennis
Part I: The End of Bureaucracy
1. Organizations that Engage Everyone's Intelligence
2. The Rise and Fall of Bureaucracy
3. Clues to Bureaucracy's Successor
4. The Seven Essentials of Organizational Intelligence

Part II: Creating Freedom of Choice in Organizations
5. Widespread Truth and Rights
6. Freedom of Enterprise Inside Organizations
7. Rights and Institutions for Establishing an Internal Free Market
8. Corporate Financial Systems for Free Intraprise
9. Outsourcing and Insourcing
10. Liberated Teams

Part III: Ensuring Responsibility for the Whole Community in the Workplace
11. Equality and Diversity
12. Voluntary Learning Networks
13. Democratic Self-Rule
14. Limited Corporate Government
15. The Triumph of Freedom and Community
Appendices: A Free Intraprise Manifesto;
Bill of Rights for Freedom and Community in Organizations

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Endorsements

"A stimulating adventure into the new management logic that can keep companies competitive into the next century."

Industry Week

"A masterful book that can make your organization more effective, innovative, and humane."

Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"Gifford and Elizabeth Pinchot have provided a stick of dynamite that could blow the increasingly predictable and tiresome subject of 'empowerment' into a whole new dimension. Read this book."

Training magazine

"Count on the Pinchots to shine a penetrating light on the compelling changes that are restructuring [modern corporations]. A light that illuminates vital aspects of corporate life that mainstream business leaders too often obscure or ignore. The End of Bureaucracy and the Rise of the Intelligent Organization will unquestionably provide a major new framework for designing more productive workplaces."

Charles Garfield, author of Second to None and Peak Performers.

"This powerful and exciting book is a leap forward, beyond anything yet written, in telling how today's organizations must be transformed to survive to the year 2000 and beyond. And it gives many concrete examples of how surprisingly far many firms have already gone beyond bureaucracy."

George Land, coauthor of Breakpoint and Beyond: Mastering the Future-Today

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