Driven: How Human Nature Shapes our Choices

Driven: How Human Nature Shapes our Choices Review

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.'" --Edgar H. 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 200 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. Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria have studied the way people behave in that most fascinating arena of human behavior-the workplace-and from their work they produce a book that examines the four separate and distinct emotive drives that guide human behavior and influence the choices people make: the drives to acquire, bond, learn, and defend. They ultimately show that, just 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 key to understanding humans and organizations in the new millennium.

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  • Patrick

    Here's the book in a nutshell: "we think there are 4 drives that drive all human behavior, and other people should do the research to see if it's true. Also, if it *is* true, here's how it applies to ...

  • William Schram

    Uses a basis of neurology and other disciplines to define what drives human beings. It breaks it down into four fundamental drives that sometimes intermingle, but can't be further simplified. These ar...

  • Veronique Zancarini

    The idea of summarizing what drives us humans is actually interesting and the authors did quite a good job. The concept they develop is clear and made me think a lot about how people I know and/or mys...

  • Dennis Littrell

    Adam Smith discovers evolutionary psychologyThis is evolutionary psychology as seen by two professors from the Harvard Business School (!). While some readers may be familiar with a lot of what is pre...

  • Alaina Marie

    Basic - The only nugget I got from the book is an idea to create a most robust connections in a community by "forcing people" to interact based on the story of a priest having all members at the end o...

  • Lamec Mariita

    I liked the book and I think it's a fascinating read. The author says we have 4 basic drives (drive to aquire, bond, learn, and defend) and these are the basic motivators for humans. I think they shou...

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    average...

  • Maura

    Not a lot of practical information. The breakdown of human nature into 4 drives (to acquire, to bond, to learn, to defend) is interesting, but the evolutionary biology analysis seems a little simplist...

  • Richard Pfau

    "Driven" is a well-written scholarly account that is aimed at synthesizing information about human behavior from a variety of fields ranging from evolution and biology to the social sciences. However,...

  • Michael Lewyn

    This book explains free will as the result of balancing the four drives underlying human emotions: the drive to acquire, to learn, to bond with others and to defend oneself and one's group.The authors...