Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Trahair, R. C. S., author

Title Behavior, technology, and organizational development : Eric Trist and the Tavistock Institute / Richard Trahair
Published New Brunswick, New Jersey : Transaction Publishers, [2015]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Family and Schooling; Early Family Life; School; Future Prospects; Choosing University; Notes; 2 English Studies at Cambridge; Cambridge in Trist's Day; Trist's Social Life at Cambridge; Trist's Academic Studies at Cambridge; Studies in English; Notes; 3 Psychology Studies at Cambridge; Psychology at Cambridge; Reading Lewin; Plans for Research in America; Last Days at Cambridge; Notes; 4 The American Experience, 1933-1934; Settling and Friendships; Academic Seminars in America; Non-Academic Activities; Romance
Traveling around AmericaImpressions of the South and West America; Notes; 5 The American Experience, 1934-1935; Personal Politics; Impressions of Education in America; Marriage; Job Searching in Great Britain; English and American Culture and Education; Notes; 6 Back Home in Dundee; The Dundee Study; Research in Dundee; Rapport in Social Research; Stranger Value in a Social Field; Community Work at Gray Lodge; Results of the Dundee Study; Trist's Academic Career; Problems with University Administration; Notes; 7 Trist's War; Research at Mill Hill; Joining the Army
Trist and the War Office Selection Boards (WOSBs)Evaluation of WOSBs; Trist the Soldier; Civil Service; Prisoners of War Coming Home; Extending WOSBs to Civil Service; Conclusion; Notes; 8 At the Tavistock Clinic; Tavistock Clinic's Post-War Changes; Tavistock Clinic Reorganizes; Trist's Early Work for the Institute; Notes; 9 Early Research and Teaching; Introduction; Research; Glacier Project 1947-1952; Lesson from the Glacier Project; Fellowship Scheme 1948-1951; Trist's Coal Studies; Notes; 10 Institute Colleagues; Emery Visits the Tavistock; Associates of Trist 1952-1958; Notes
11 Institute Administration and Funding, 1952-1958Introduction; Funding Policy; Mental Health Policy 1956-1958; Leicester Conference; Notes; 12 Early Research with Emery; Prison Research; Socio-Technical Perspective; First Search Conference; Notes; 13 Marriage, Palo Alto, and the Split; Marriage; Institute Finances under Trist; Palo Alto; Institute Operations from September 1960 to the Spring of 1961; Trist Returns to Management Committee; Insiders View the Conflict; Outsider Views the Split; Notes; 14 Formalizing the Split; Introduction and Review
Collaboration Principles in Applied Social ScienceTheory of Organizational Environments; Notes; 15 Back to America; Prelude to an Offer; The Offer Is Made; Unfortunate Setting and a Better Offer; Over Worked and in Despair; Notes; 16 Three-Generation Family; Introduction; On Work and Family Vacations; Attacked at Wharton; Alan and Eric; Carolyn and Eric; Notes; 17 Projects in the United Kingdom, the Americas, and Canada; Introduction; History of the Tavistock Clinic; Craigmillar Festival Society; Action Research Studies 1967-1985; Jamestown 1973-1979; Rushton Project; The Shell Project
Summary Eric Trist was a psychologist, social scientist, and a leading figure in the field of organizational development. He was a founding member of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London and spent many years in United States academia. This book delves into Trist's life to examine the evolution of his work and how he applied social science theory, knowledge, and methods to the organization of working life and its management. Richard Trahair outlines Trist's socio-technical theory of organization and how it applies to the turbulent environment that modern managers face. Trahair begins with Trist's educational career in England and his attitude toward American and English education. He also describes Trist's work to improve the United Kingdom's Army's method of selecting men for officer training in wartime, and his role in the establishment of the Civil Resettlement Units in England. In place of the traditional technology-driven bureaucracy of industry, Trist recommended that social science researchers help reorganize industries on socio-technical lines. Trist provided convincing evidence that organizations dominated by traditional attitudes were inefficient and unsatisfactory. He made it clear that seeing workers as little more than costly extensions of machines and the industrial environment as nothing but a set of competitive market forces seriously limited potential for growth
Notes Includes index
Print version record
Subject Trist, E. L.
Trist, E. L.
Social scientists -- Great Britain -- Biography
Organizational sociology.
Organizational behavior.
Industrial sociology.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Social Scientists & Psychologists.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Reference.
Industrial sociology.
Organizational behavior.
Organizational sociology.
Social scientists.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781412855495