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A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder : How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-fly Planning Make the World a Better Place
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Hachette Audio
Publication date January 3, 2007
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Abridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781594836152
ISBN-10 1594836159
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 5.75 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $24.98
Other format details audio
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Summary
Touting the benefits of disorder, chaos, and mess, a groundbreaking study explains how and why a little disorder actually makes systems more effective, citing examples from business, cooking, parenting, politics, and other fields to demonstrate that the right amount of disorder yields better solutions, uses resources more efficiently, and is more durable. Read by David H. Freedman. Simultaneous.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder can actually make systems more effective. But most people still shun disorder-or suffer guilt over the mess they can't avoid. No longer!With a spectacular array of true stories and case studies of the hidden benefits of mess,A Perfect Mess overturns the accepted wisdom that tight schedules, organization, neatness, and consistency are the keys to success. Drawing on examples from business, parenting, cooking, the war on terrorism, retail, and even the meteoric career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, coauthors Abrahmson and Freedman demonstrate that moderately messy systems use resources more efficiently, yield better solutions, and are harder to break than neat ones.Applying this idea on scales both large (government, society) and small (desktops, garages), A Perfect Mess uncovers all the ways messiness can trump neatness, and will help you assess the right amount of disorder for any system. Whether it's your company's management plan or your hallway closet that bedevils you, this book will show you why to say yes to mess.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780316114752
 
from Little Brown & Co (January 3, 2007)
9780316114752 | details & prices | 327 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $25.99
About: Explains how and why a little disorder actually makes systems more effective, citing examples from business, cooking, parenting, politics, and other fields to demonstrate that the right amount of disorder yields better solutions.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780316013994
 
Reprint edition from Back Bay Books (January 8, 2008)
9780316013994 | details & prices | 327 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Touting the benefits of disorder, chaos, and mess, a groundbreaking study explains how and why a little disorder actually makes systems more effective, citing examples from business, cooking, parenting, politics, and other fields to demonstrate that the right amount of disorder yields better solutions, uses resources more efficiently, and is more durable.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781594836152
 
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Abridged edition from Hachette Audio (January 3, 2007)
9781594836152 | details & prices | 5.50 × 5.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $24.98
About: Explains how and why a little disorder actually makes systems more effective, citing examples from business, cooking, parenting, politics, and other fields to demonstrate that the right amount of disorder yields better solutions.

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