Home Articles Reader Opinion Editorial Book Reviews Discussion Writers Guide About TCRecord
transparent 13

Integrating the Individual and the Organization

reviewed by Kathleen Dechant 1991

coverTitle: Integrating the Individual and the Organization
Author(s): Chris Argyris
Publisher: Transaction Publishing, Piscataway
ISBN: 0887388035, Pages: , Year: 1990
Search for book at Amazon.com

In reading the re-release of Argyris’s twenty-five-year old work, two questions come to mind. First, how does this work relate to his current thinking and more recent publications? Second, how relevant is the content of the book to contemporary times? The focus of the original work is on the gap of incongruence between the individual and the organization in which that individual is embedded and on how to close the gap so that both parties increase in effectiveness. With respect to the individual, Argyris attributes the gap, in great measure, to the failure of the person to achieve psychological success—a condition directly related to the impact of the pyramidal structure on the relationship between individuals and their organizations. In other words, people at all levels are blocked from achieving psychological success because the organizational structure—that is, a pyramid—creates conditions that disallow enough opportunities to promote such a result. For psychological success... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

To view the full-text for this article you must be signed-in with the appropropriate membership. Please review your options below:

Store a cookie on my computer that will allow me to skip this sign-in in the future.
Send me my password -- I can't remember it
Purchase this Article
Purchase Integrating the Individual and the Organization
Individual-Resource passes allow you to purchase access to resources one resource at a time. There are no recurring fees.
Become a Member
Online Access
With this membership you receive online access to all of TCRecord's content. The introductory rate of $25 is available for a limited time.
Print and Online Access
With this membership you receive the print journal and free online access to all of TCRecord's content.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 92 Number 4, 1991, p. 655-658
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 339, Date Accessed: 8/19/2018 7:03:25 AM

Purchase Reprint Rights for this article or review
Article Tools
Related Articles
There are no related articles to display

Related Discussion
Post a Comment | Read All

About the Author
  • Kathleen Dechant

Member Center
In Print
This Month's Issue