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8 Overall

7 Applicability

10 Innovation

8 Style


Leave it to two Harvard business professors - Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria - to break every rule of conventional academic etiquette. Their transgression? Applying their knowledge of companies and individuals to present a unified explanation of human behavior, thereby encroaching on the academic fiefdoms of evolutionary biology, psychology and anthropology, just to name a few. They use the four basic human drives that influence behavior to offer deep insights into corporate and individual actions. getabstract strongly recommends this ambitious, far-ranging book to management students, executives searching for understanding and for anyone who delights in tweaking the collective nose of academia.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Which four basic instincts influence all human behavior;
  • How these four “drives” affect employees in the workplace; and
  • How leaders can align these to benefit their organizations.

About the Authors

Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria teach at Harvard Business School, where Lawrence completed his master’s and doctorate. His research has been published in some 24 books and articles. His work focuses on the human aspects of organization design, organization change and human management. Nohria received his Ph.D., from the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T., and his bachelor’s from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay. The seven books he has co-authored or edited include the award-winning The Differentiated Network. He has written more than 75 professional articles.



The Four-Drive Theory
Imagine your organization as a great petri dish, where all the discordant strains of human nature are allowed to play out, revealing eternal scientific truths about each member of your company. Like it or not, that’s essentially the circumstance that you face every...

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