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Palgrave Macmillan

Survival to Growth

ISBN 9781137359766
Publication Date October 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

People succeed over time and sustain positive performance when they tie in their actions to a deep understanding of human nature. Survival to Growth explores human nature and illustrates how occupational goals and objectives can be achieved by applying a basic organizational approach, and upgrading the skill level of each company employee.

Chronicling real-life examples from various industries, Hout illustrates the responsibility of management to continuously review and upgrade company standards, maintain a 'can do' attitude in dealing with problems, identify core issues, and offer practical solutions. The author also explores the role of a successful company employee: a person with leadership qualities, a high regard for ethical values, and the commitment to teamwork and to the greater good of the company. Success in organizations has always been determined by a clear understanding of business theory and application, and good management and employees, but Hout shows us how continuity of this success is characteristic of businesses and employees that understand how to relate to the basic needs of human behavior.

Sam A. Hout, PhD, MBA, is Manager of Engineering in the Medicines division of Teva Pharmaceuticals in Irvine, California, USA. He is a chartered chemical engineer and certified in business management by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). He also is a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) and specializes in process engineering and business process improvement.

1. Survival
2. Leadership
3. How?
4. What and Where?
5. Facts and Faith?
6. Discipline and Goal Setting
7. Growth
8. Innovation vs. Invention
9. Freestyle and Movement
10. Momentum and Continuity
11. Conclusions and Future Recommendations


'This book focuses on how leaders can achieve surviving and winning organizations by influencing the evolution of organizational culture and the capability and commitment of employees. It provides and illustrates powerful and yet conceptually simple messages, e.g. the need for simplicity of communication, the need to ensure that problem-solving teams have diverse and challenging constituents, and the importance of having a bias to action. The work's strength is that in adopting the tenet of the importance of human nature it effectively bridges the gap between texts heavily reliant on deep theories of organizational psychology and commentators relying primarily on their experiences of management. Hout views leaders as providing shaping influence to the generally natural-selection based evolution of an organization's culture and mode of work.' - Dr. Andre Krol, GM Development and External Affairs, Xstrata Iron Ore
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