Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement: Leadership, Strategy and the Organization in the California Farm Worker Movement (2020)

Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement: Leadership, Strategy and the Organization in the California Farm Worker Movement Marshall Ganz Why David Sometimes Wins Leadership Organization and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement Leadership Strategy and the Organization in the California Farm Worker Movement Why David Sometimes Wins tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers groundbreaking victory drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale Since the s large scale agricultural
  • Title: Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement: Leadership, Strategy and the Organization in the California Farm Worker Movement
  • Author: Marshall Ganz
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  • Page: 363
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Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement: Leadership, Strategy and the Organization in the California Farm Worker Movement Marshall Ganz Why David Sometimes Wins tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers groundbreaking victory, drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale Since the 1900s, large scale agricultural enterprises relied on migrant labor a cheap, unorganized, and powerless workforce In 1965, when some 800 Filipino grape workers began to strike under the aegis of the AFLWhy David Sometimes Wins tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers groundbreaking victory, drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale Since the 1900s, large scale agricultural enterprises relied on migrant labor a cheap, unorganized, and powerless workforce In 1965, when some 800 Filipino grape workers began to strike under the aegis of the AFL CIO, the UFW soon joined the action with 2,000 Mexican workers and turned the strike into a civil rights struggle They engaged in civil disobedience, mobilized support from churches and students, boycotted growers, and transformed their struggle into La Causa, a farm workers movement that eventually triumphed over the grape industry s Goliath Why did they succeed How can the powerless challenge the powerful successfully Offering insight from a longtime movement organizer and scholar, Ganz illustrates how they had the ability and resourcefulness to devise good strategy and turn short term advantages into long term gains Authoritative in scholarship and magisterial in scope, this book constitutes a seminal contribution to learning from the movement s struggles, set backs, and successes.
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  1. Nick Klagge

    This was an assigned text for my grad school class, Strategic Management The author, Ganz, is an Anglo guy who got involved with Cesar Chavez and the organization of California farm workers in the 1960s Although nominally an academic study, the book is really mostly a narrative of the rise of Chavez and the UFW, with occasional asides about organizational strategy and learning Before reading this book I only had a cultural familiarity, in the vaguest sense, with the events that it describes I di [...]

  2. Volkan

    Great narrative history of one of the most important junctures in American labor history the Delano grape workers strike, which culminated with the victory of Cesar Chavez relatively small United Farm Workers, against much better funded and well established unions As a key player at the center of the narrative, Marshall Ganz, who later designed the Obama campaign s strategy in 2008 election, has a unique perspective and insight to tell the story The question he tries to answer is why UFW succeed [...]

  3. sdw

    This book is ultimately less about the UFW and about the types of strategy that organizations and movements may find most successful I this book, I will argue that the UFW succeeded, while the rival AFL CIO and teamsters failed because the UFW s leadership devised effective strategy, in a fact a stream of effective strategy The UFW was able to do this because the motivation of its leaders was greater than that of their rivals they had better access to salient knowledge and their deliberations [...]

  4. Drick

    Marshall Ganz worked for many years with the farm workers in California under Cesar Chavez This book, which I believe is Ganz s doctoral dissertation recounts and analyzes the history of the farm workers in the 1960 s when they had their greatest success Combining insights from both the civil rights and labor movements, the farm workers were successful because they were innovative, utilized the competencies of the people in their group and drew on their cultural and ethnic background While at ti [...]

  5. Dan Petegorsky

    Ganz s thoughtful book is not so much a history of the UFW and the farmworker movement as an interpretation of its early success in the mid 1960s as an example of the efficacy of what he calls strategic capacity the ability to turn the various resources organizers have at their disposal into the power they need to achieve their objectives.Given his high profile role in advising Barack Obama s campaign, not to mention his current position at Harvard, Ganz has a good platform now to revisit the tu [...]

  6. Elaine

    Great job, Marshall Many of us who worked for the UFW could not wait to get our hands on this book Ganz worked for the UFW for several decades, starting as a college volunteer, moving on to become a full time organizer of some of the major strikes in grapes and lettuce, and eventually being elected to the executive board Quite a trajectory The inside stories he tells are really worthwhile both for movement veterans, and young people who want to learn the day to day nitty gritty work of building [...]

  7. Dan Ancona

    Outstanding conceptual framework for understanding strategic capacity his model in five words motivation, information and learning organizations , coupled with a great California history lesson, and with a meditation on organizational development, effectiveness and decline on top of it all Movement required reading.

  8. Beverly

    A great history of the UFW, it s rise and fall Something to learn from as we try to once again grow in unions so that workers as multiple David s can have a fighting change against Goliaths the corporations Actually an exciting process to see the strengths the UFW had and how they were lost as the union became successful A textbook for future organizers and unions to take to heart.

  9. Jonathan

    A must read for those interested in racial justice organizing and organizing in general Any amazing story with fabulous insights A very sad ending

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