A Fuzzy Potpourri

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 713–714. Reviews the book, Career Conflict: Management's Inelegant Dysfunction by Robert Kirk Mueller, (1978). This book deals with an area of increasing importance, and it is written by someone closer to the inside of industrial organizations than most academic authors who deal with the subject. Career conflict results from the fact that corporate policies are not responsive to individual employees' values and goals. Part 1 describes the dysfunction in more detail. It starts with an intriguing analysis of career conflict as a “fuzzy” situation-that is, a situation without sharply defined boundaries, essentially ambiguous, which requires “approximate reasoning” and “fuzzy logic” if it is to be successfully resolved. The second part of the book is addressed to the individual and considers the issues involved in managing a career change. One can visualize a series of well-focused essays developed from some of the material in this book that could be of great importance, particularly for an audience of managers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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