Up the Organization by Robert C. Townsend
How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



Although it was first published more than thirty-five years ago, Up the Organization continues to top the lists of best business books by groups as diverse as the American Management Association, Strategy + Business (Booz Allen Hamilton), and The Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management. 1-800-CEO-READ ranks Townsend’s bestseller first among eighty books that “every manager must read.”

This commemorative edition offers a new generation the benefit of Robert Townsend’s timeless wisdom as well as reflections on his work and life by those who knew and worked with him. This groundbreaking book continues to remind us not to get mired in all those sacred organizational routines that stifle people and strangle both profits and profitability. He shows a way to humanize business and a way to have fun while making it all work better than it ever worked before.


About Robert C. Townsend

See more books from this Author
Robert C. Townsend (d. 1998) drew upon his early experiences as a banker at American Express Co. to redirect Avis Rent-a-Car as president and chairman. Under his leadership, Avis experienced a celebrated turnaround, fueled by the "We Try Harder" advertising campaign. Townsend also worked as an executive at 20th Century Fox and was director at several companies, including Dun and Bradstreet and Radica Games. Townsend was a celebrity in his own right, and a frequent lecturer and talk-show guest.
Published January 6, 2011 by Jossey-Bass. 217 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Up the Organization

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Then your garage."" Specifically: ""Try to find a young able lawyer and a young able accountant who like your business idea and will give you services in return for stock."" Along with the maxims, then, there are concretions.

Feb 21 1983 | Read Full Review of Up the Organization: How to S...

Reader Rating for Up the Organization

An aggregated and normalized score based on 37 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review