The following is a highlighted summary of the book, Driven, published by Driven. By. Lawrence Nohria. Drives and Survival. The drive for immediate. Driven – Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria. This post contains my personal notes about the big ideas in [Driven: How Human Nature Shapes. Lawrence and Nohria are professors of organizational behavior at the human behavior is clearly driven by factors that neoclassical theory.

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To maintain a reasonable balance among the drives requires hands-on steering by the leadership of the organization. People are predisposed to bond with their firm both in a mutual caring way and also to help their firm excel.

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One problematic form this excessive bonding can take is the “group think” process described by Irving Janis Janis, The first part describing each drive and trying to explain why they are there and how they make us do what we do is quite interesting.

This model applies well to everyday life, even though its main target is in shaping work in organizations to motivate and guide the people who work there.

Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices

The game has been specifically engineered to appeal to all four core drives. Alex marked it as to-read Jan 26, Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria have studied the way people behave in that most fascinating arena of human behavior-the workplace-and from their work they produce a book that examines the four separate and distinct emotive drives that guide human behavior and influence the choices people make: Permissions Request permission to reuse content from this site.


Book Description A touchstone for understanding how we behave on the job “This is a stimulating and provocative book in bringing together important ideas from different fields, and, thereby, giving us a whole new slant on ‘human nature.

Lawrence and Nohria are professors of organizational behavior at the Harvard Business School who felt dissatisfied with the rather featureless construct of homo economicus as a rational maximizer.

Interested in improving your business? Human beings have the need to be emotionally engaged on a daily basis – too lawrsnce sensory stimulation beyond that of curiosity or bonding creates a drive to seek it. Pick up your sword and torch, brave soul: This design rule is easy to state, but it is difficult to follow for two basic reasons.

Lawrence and Nohria’s Employee Motivation

However, it turns out to be a difficult target to hit. This leads in time to the frustration of all drives. Toward a Unified Understanding of Human Nature. The rest of the book reads as a summary of popular science books and how they could reinforce the authors’ ideas.

Stay ahead with the world’s most comprehensive technology and business learning platform. And the firm as a whole needs a similar defensive capacity for its dealings with hostile competitive drriven, community groups, or governmental agencies.

With Safari, nohtia learn the way you learn best. Think of the problem of pollution control, of lumbering, of soil conservation—the list goes on and on. Lawrence and Nohria discuss the implications of their findings for organizational management.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Some of these items are more directly tied to social status – things that influence how other people perceive us, like luxury items, large homes, and expensive cars.


Driven: How Human Nature Shapes our Choices by Paul R. Lawrence

The Drive to Defend D4. As people with the needed skills and interests are selected for employment and as they further evolve their skills on the job, differences in this regard will appear between people and groups that complicate the process of sustaining healthy working relationships. Their research examples are rich in variety and compelling.

Hardcoverpages. Lawdence, some of the information might alread be a bit outdated. Tony Noyria added it Nov 28, Dujo marked it as to-read Dec 03, After we have deduced what such an organization would be like, we will compare it to a well-known and admired model of industrial organization—General Motors. View table of contents.

I found this book fabulous. Keeping all these relationships in balance is much easier to say than to do.

Driven – Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria – Josh Kaufman

Create account or Sign in. Consider social games like World of Warcraft. I think it is a real shame because as a whole, their theory make a lot of sense. Uses a basis of neurology and other disciplines to define what drives human beings. Of course, these same structural devices can be misused and thereby contribute to the extremes.