Review of Good to Great

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In social research, the question, assumption and development of theories are traditionally centered on a search for truth, knowledge or at least communicate information for decision making. My initial reading of Good to Great was by no means presented as a research project and left the reader feeling as if he had just been introduced to a motivational speaker or a misplaced stock broker. However, as a Doctoral student, I applied some basic analytic matrix learning and principles recommended in initial post graduate studies that emphasize critical reading, critical thinking and scholarly writing. The requirement of conducting a philosophical analysis; identify assumptions that are underpinnings of the research and methodology; explanations of the practical significance of the assumptions and effect on research’s applicability. Include my observations as to how the author of Good to Great assumptions and research methodology relate to course readings and approaches associated with research theories. The author’s metaphor, “ in to the Black Box and turn the light on ironically matched his reasoning or justification as to why he conducted research , not to seek knowledge but research out of curiosity. The book outlines and promotes a How To process with respect to making a critical impact on organizational performance so that an organization can make a transformation from a good (status quo-mediocre) to a great (excellent, elite few, head of the pack) and Alpha Organization. The author’s approach appears to focus on external realities to measure and certifly a company already at great status > The organizations value is based on performance indicators or enablers designed to establish an organization as Great. Identify the philosophical assumptions underlying the research and methodology The author pursues an answer to his curiosity by engaging a case-control...
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