Corporate Pathfinders: Building Vision and Values Into Organizations

Harold J. Leavitt, Author Dow Jones-Irwin $0 (229p) ISBN 978-0-87094-695-0
Stanford University professor and author of Managerial Psychology, Leavitt here draws on studies of ""great men and women who have changed the world,'' to develop his theory about ``pathfinders.'' He defines pathfinding as a ``number one'' management thrust, distinct from problem-solving (#2) and implementation (#3). Pathfinders, he explains, perceive a general need, identify obstacles to fulfillment and discern evolving solutions. The result can be a new housing concept, a compact car, or a streamlined medical facility. In his lucid exposition, Leavitt covers a range of human values, including management-worker relationships and emerging corporate attitudes in government, the arts and society as a whole. Pathfinding is difficult to exercise in a sluggish organization, but Leavitt lends encouragement, and even envisions the possibility of a pathfinding culture. 35,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. October 28
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
Genre: Nonfiction
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