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Chester Barnard

Chester Irving Barnard was an American business executive, public administrator, and the author of pioneering work in management theory and organizational studies. His landmark 1938 book, The Functions of the Executive, sets out a theory of organization and of the functions of executives in organizations. The book has been widely assigned in university courses in management theory and organizational sociology. Barnard viewed organizations as systems of cooperation of human activity, and noted that they are typically short-lived. According to Barnard, organizations are generally not long-lived because they do not meet the two criteria necessary for survival: effectiveness and efficiency.

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It is what we think we know that keeps us from learning.
A low morality will not sustain leadership long, its influence quickly vanishes, it cannot produce its own succession.
I think we left out one of the really important elements contributing to the dynamism of society, and that is the right to privacy. I mean something more than the right to shave in private. I mean the right to join what I want to join, to do what I want to do, or not to do what I might do without giving anyone a reason, either in advance or afterwards. That does not mean that I am seeking for irresponsibility socially.
The responsibility of the executive is (1) to create and maintain a sense of purpose and moral code for the organization; (2) to establish systems of formal and informal communication; and (3) to ensure the willingness of people to cooperate.
Organizations endure, however, in proportion to the breadth of the morality by which they are governed. Thus the endurance of organization depends upon the quality of leadership; and that quality derives from the breadth of the morality upon which it rests.
The executive art is nine-tenths inducing those who have authority to use it in taking pertinent action — © Chester Barnard
The executive art is nine-tenths inducing those who have authority to use it in taking pertinent action
Successful cooperation in or by formal organizations is the abnormal, not the normal, condition.
To try and fail is at least to learn; to fail to try is to suffer the inestimable loss of what might have been.
In a community all acts of individuals and of organizations are directly or indirectly interconnected and interdependent
The fine art of executive decision consists in not deciding questions that are not now pertinent, in not deciding prematurely, in not making decision that cannot be made effective, and in not making decisions that others should make.
Left to themselves, people will elaborate, not simplify solutions.
A formal and orderly conception of the whole is rarely present, perhaps even rarely possible, except to a few men of exceptional genius.
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