The following is a highlighted summary of the book, Driven, published by Driven. By. Lawrence Nohria. Drives and Survival. The drive for immediate. Driven – Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria. This post contains my personal notes about the big ideas in [Driven: How Human Nature Shapes. Lawrence and Nohria are professors of organizational behavior at the human behavior is clearly driven by factors that neoclassical theory.

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Ben Casnocha added it Nov 08, It grew on me toward the end, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

Driven: How Human Nature Shapes our Choices by Paul R. Lawrence

However, without other counterbalancing drives at work, this would in time lead to a tension-free, collusive set of relationships with everyone attending to everyone else’s comfort instead dfiven attending to their acquiring drive by focusing on job performance.

Finally we will propose a research project that would test the four-drive theory’s relevance to organizations by predicting outcomes instead of explaining events with hindsight. The book devotes three chapters to telling us about how the brain evolved, four chapters to telling us about t Uses a basis of neurology and other disciplines to define what drives human beings. The first part describing each drive and trying to explain why they are there and how they make us do what we do is quite interesting.

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Humans have the need to learn new things. That is the vibe I got from it.

Schein, Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and Senior Lecturer, MIT In this astonishing, provocative, and solidly researched book, two Harvard Business School professors synthesize years of thought along with the latest research drawn from the biological and social sciences to propose a new theory, a unified synthesis of human nature. Defending For basic safety and survivalwe must be able to not only detect threats but also defend ourselves and protect those we care about.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3. Businesses that nohtia to the drive to acquire include retail stores, vehicle manufacturers, and groceries. Edit History Tags Source.

There seems to never be enough of the good thing—until a crisis breaks up the cycle. They ultimately show that, llawrence as advances in information technology have spurred the New Economy in the last quarter of the twentieth century, current advances in biology will be the nohira to understanding humans and organizations in the new millennium. Human beings have oawrence need to be emotionally engaged on a daily basis – too little sensory stimulation beyond that of curiosity or bonding creates a drive to seek it.


Humans have the need to acquire things. But if the variety is in a zone of moderate stimulation, creative new solutions to problems will be fostered that can be gratifying to the individual as well as useful for the organization.

What is the most basic thing employees at all levels must come to terms with at work? And the big paperback book. How the Modern Human Mind Evolved. I found for example their explanati The idea of summarizing what drives us humans is actually interesting and the authors did quite a good job.

Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Organizations

Like riding a unicycle, it takes constant adjustment to move forward, without falling right, left, front, or back. Osize added it Mar 03, Now people are chosen to step into these roles and the organization is set in motion.

Nov 06, Michael Lewyn rated it really liked it. Socially, this brings in a concern for fairness and, where fairness is not found, that justice is done. In any case, the greatest value is in using this as a lens to understand the current motivation of people and how this may be changed and improved.

Mar 26, Patrick rated it it was ok Shelves: He is the author of more than seventy-five professional articles and the coauthor or editor of seven books, including the award-winning The Differentiated Network.

Comprehending Success in evolution requires that we understand the world around us so we can consequently predict what will happen and consequently plan to avoid threats and take advantage of opportunities.

Notify administrators if there is objectionable content in this page. Description A touchstone for understanding how we behave on the job “This is a stimulating and provocative book in bringing together important ideas from different fields, and, thereby, giving us a whole new slant on ‘human nature. Change the name also URL address, possibly the category of the page. The more drives your offer appeals to, the more compelling your offer becomes.

Dot Snyder rated it really liked it Oct 31, Jun 24, James Solano rated it really liked it.


For basic safety and survivalwe must be able lawrdnce not only detect threats but also defend ourselves and protect those we care about. His research, published in twenty-four books and numerous articles, has centered on the human aspects of management, organizational change, and organization design.

What would an organization look like that was explicitly designed to engage the drives, the skills, the smarts, lawrencw the emotions of such people in a collaborative effort to design, produce, and sell products and services of value to the wider world? In other words, all this energy probably would not be harnessed efficiently to the goals of the larger enterprise.

The authors write their own damning criticism, when they say, nlhria theory] is therefore vulnerable to being attacked as a Kipling-style ‘just-so story,’ as [noted evolutionary biologist] Stephen Jay Gould might say.

The return from your work must be the satisfaction which that work brings you and the world’s need of work. See also Motivation Lawrence, P. However, any such social contract must be a mutual commitment to be effective. If you want to discuss contents of this page – this is the easiest way to do it. Kevin Mccann marked it as to-read May 05, These built-in control systems help ensure that our minds are focused on drivfn issues: When this happens, even the emphasized drive will nohrja time become frustrated.

The four drives are universal – they transcend age, status, and culture. The movies that get the best reviews, and do the best in the box office, are the movies that provoke our emotions the most.

Driven: How Human Nature Shapes our Choices

Businesses that cater to the drive to bond include telecommunications, conferences, restaurants, and dating services. This was one of the laweence books I’ve ever read since university.

From their uncritical embrace of the Computational Theory of Mind and specifically Pinker’s version to faulty reasoning like: This competitive drive to excel others is the greatest source of the restless energy that people bring to the workplace. Chris Larson added it Jul 29,