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Strategies For Learning: Small-group Activities In American, Japanese, And Swedish Industry
by Robert E. Cole
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Chris Argyris, Academy of Management Review
"In a thorough, systematic, and careful analysis, the author builds a strong case for his perspective. . . . This is must reading for scholars. Cole shows how to organize knowledge through the use of models that provide meaningful patterns and insight. The practitioners can also benefit from this book if they wish to develop a more thoughtful understanding of small- group activities in the workplace."
Curt Tausky, Choice
"Cole, a distinguished academic, offers a revealing, jargon-free look at why corporations in Japan and Sweden more readily adopted quality circles (Japan) or semi-autonomous work groups (Sweden) than did U.S. firms. . . . Teachers and students of management and sociology of work will enjoy this exemplary book."
"This is a powerful book and will be most appreciated by scholars of individual and group behavior in different cultures."
Donald M. Peppard, Jr., Journal of Asian Studies
"Cole's book is an important contribution to a burgeoning literature on employee participation. The book presents subtle lessons about the varying degrees of success in international competition of the Japanese and American economies since 1960."
How do firms become motivated to adopt small-group activities such as quality circles and self-managing teams? How do they acquire expertise in these activities? Noted sociologist and management expert Robert E. Cole addresses these issues through an examination of small-group activities in the United States, Japan and Sweden during the past twenty-five years.
About the Author
Robert E. Cole is Professor of Sociology and Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley.
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