By Paul R. Lawrence

A touchstone for knowing how we behave at the job"This is a stimulating and provocative publication in bringing jointly vital principles from varied fields, and, thereby, giving us a complete new slant on 'human nature.'" --Edgar H. Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of administration Emeritus and Senior Lecturer, MITIn this magnificent, provocative, and solidly researched booklet, Harvard company tuition professors synthesize 2 hundred years of proposal besides the most recent examine drawn from the organic and social sciences to suggest a brand new thought, a unified synthesis of human nature. Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria have studied the best way humans behave in that the majority interesting area of human behavior-the workplace-and from their paintings they produce a ebook that examines the 4 separate and specified emotive drives that consultant human habit and impact the alternatives humans make: the drives to procure, bond, research, and safeguard. They finally convey that, simply as advances in details know-how have spurred the hot economic system within the final zone of the 20 th century, present advances in biology would be the key to knowing people and businesses within the new millennium.

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We know a great deal about what makes humans different from one another. But what are the things that make them alike-the characteristics that are distinctly human? What are the specific features that make all humans different from their nearest interspecies cousins, the chimpanzees? The answer has to be found in evolutionary heritage. The common human gene pool contains so little variability around the world that it is estimated that everyone shares ancestors who diverged only some seventy to a hundred thousand years ago from a prior variety of hominids.

POTENTIAL AUDIENCE Viewed in the context of the history of research on human behavior at the Harvard Business School, we appear to have come full circle. Mayo and Henderson's early efforts to understand human behavior tried to bridge knowledge in the medical and biological sciences with the social sciences. They were perhaps ahead of their time. Much less was known then about the biological underpinnings of human behavior. We think the time is now ripe to reinvigorate the quest for a unified theory of human behavior that is consilient across the natural and social sciences.

There is one other huge reason that you, the reader, will soon, I hope, come to agree with my attribution of perfection. When you dig in and begin to understand the four-drive framework of human nature, I doubt that you will ever look at your organization, your work group, your world, your family in the same way. Or yourself, for that matter. I also doubt that you will cling to or be content with a simplified hegemony of one basic Uber Alles motive anymore; the sort of stuff we read in the pages of economic texts that venerate acquisition and self-interest exclusively or in the classic Freudian writings that elevate the psychosexual drive to the exclusion of others, or certainly in the faux-heroic pages of Ayn Rand.

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