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The cultural work of corporations /
Megan Brown.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
description
x, 225 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0230618723, 9780230618725
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Book
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author
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
isbn
0230618723
9780230618725
catalogue key
7140580
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [207]-219) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Megan Brown is Assistant Professor of English at Drake University.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-04-01:
From a cultural studies perspective, Brown (English, Drake Univ.) examines the history and theories of corporate culture, encompassing corporate values, customs, heroes, rites and rituals, and communication networks, and describes its impact on employees. She uses multidisciplinary academic research and draws examples from well-known American companies such as Procter & Gamble, Accenture, Lehman Brothers, and American International Group (AIG). After a brief history of culture research involving classical management icons such as Elton Mayo (The Human Problems of an Industrial Civilization, 1933) and William Whyte (The Organization Man, 1956), Brown delves into the major branches of current research. She explores themes such as the individuality, diversity, and uniqueness of employees; the adaptability of corporate culture to the environment; the increasing intrusion of corporate culture on employees' private lives, including diet and exercise habits; and the impact of the work cultures of Lehman Brothers and AIG with respect to the global financial crisis. This volume provides a provocative perspective on corporate culture, especially its impact on employees' private lives. See related, Andrew Ross's look at modern corporate culture in No-Collar: The Human Workplace and Its Hidden Costs (2003). Summing Up: Recommended. Students, upper-division undergraduate and up, researchers, and practitioners. G. E. Kaupins Boise State University
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Review Quotes
"This voume provides a provacative perspective on corporate culture, especially on its impact on employees' private lives"-- Choice "In this astute and engaging study, Brown offers a theoretically sophisticated and historically informed examination of the discourses and practices of 'corporate culture' and their functions for modern business organizations. With clarity and deftness, she shows how this culture has come increasingly to shape the lives of employees and the larger society in ways that ultimately serve the interests of the corporation. Browns critical treatment of this important topic is not only comprehensive and broad in scope but unusually thorough. Together with the author's scholarly skills and lively writing, all of this makes for an extremely worthy and readable book."--Robert G. Dunn, California State University, East Bay and author of Identifying Consumption. "Despite its pervasiveness and power, few nonspecialists take corporate culture as seriously as it should be taken. Brown is an excellent exception. Her important book reminds us that corporate social norms shape how people behave and the dizzying bubble and bust cycles of postmodern capitalism. And she also shows that behind the crunchiest New Age talk about flexibility and diversity lies the old Social Darwinism in snazzy disguise, a crucial bit of truth-telling that the flacks don't want you to hear."Doug Henwood, editor of Left Business Observerand author of After the New Economy
"This voume provides a provacative perspective on corporate culture, especially on its impact on employees' private lives"--Choice"In this astute and engaging study, Brown offers a theoretically sophisticated and historically informed examination of the discourses and practices of 'corporate culture' and their functions for modern business organizations. With clarity and deftness, she shows how this culture has come increasingly to shape the lives of employees and the larger society in ways that ultimately serve the interests of the corporation. Browns critical treatment of this important topic is not only comprehensive and broad in scope but unusually thorough. Together with the author's scholarly skills and lively writing, all of this makes for an extremely worthy and readable book."--Robert G. Dunn, California State University, East Bay and author ofIdentifying Consumption."Despite its pervasiveness and power, few nonspecialists take corporate culture as seriously as it should be taken. Brown is an excellent exception. Her important book reminds us that corporate social norms shape how people behave and the dizzying bubble and bust cycles of postmodern capitalism. And she also shows that behind the crunchiest New Age talk about flexibility and diversity lies the old Social Darwinism in snazzy disguise, a crucial bit of truth-telling that the flacks don't want you to hear."Doug Henwood, editor ofLeft Business Observerand author ofAfter the New Economy
"This voume provides a provacative perspective on corporate culture, especially on its impact on employees' private lives"-- Choice "In this astute and engaging study, Brown offers a theoretically sophisticated and historically informed examination of the discourses and practices of 'corporate culture' and their functions for modern business organizations. With clarity and deftness, she shows how this culture has come increasingly to shape the lives of employees and the larger society in ways that ultimately serve the interests of the corporation. Brown¹s critical treatment of this important topic is not only comprehensive and broad in scope but unusually thorough. Together with the author's scholarly skills and lively writing, all of this makes for an extremely worthy and readable book."--Robert G. Dunn, California State University, East Bay and author of Identifying Consumption. "Despite its pervasiveness and power, few nonspecialists take corporate culture as seriously as it should be taken. Brown is an excellent exception. Her important book reminds us that corporate social norms shape how people behave and the dizzying bubble and bust cycles of postmodern capitalism. And she also shows that behind the crunchiest New Age talk about flexibility and diversity lies the old Social Darwinism in snazzy disguise, a crucial bit of truth-telling that the flacks don't want you to hear."Doug Henwood, editor of Left Business Observerand author of After the New Economy
"In this astute and engaging study, Brown offers a theoretically sophisticated and historically informed examination of the discourses and practices of 'corporate culture' and their functions for modern business organizations. With clarity and deftness, she shows how this culture has come increasingly to shape the lives of employees and the larger society in ways that ultimately serve the interests of the corporation. Browns critical treatment of this important topic is not only comprehensive and broad in scope but unusually thorough. Together with the author's scholarly skills and lively writing, all of this makes for an extremely worthy and readable book."--Robert G. Dunn, California State University, East Bay and author ofIdentifying Consumption."Despite its pervasiveness and power, few nonspecialists take corporate culture as seriously as it should be taken. Brown is an excellent exception. Her important book reminds us that corporate social norms shape how people behave and the dizzying bubble and bust cycles of postmodern capitalism. And she also shows that behind the crunchiest New Age talk about flexibility and diversity lies the old Social Darwinism in snazzy disguise, a crucial bit of truth-telling that the flacks don't want you to hear."Doug Henwood, editor ofLeft Business Observerand author ofAfter the New Economy
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Summaries
Main Description
The Cultural Work of Corporations argues that corporate culture'”the values, customs, and conventions of a business organization'”has altered how workers conduct themselves both inside and outside the workplace. Brown demonstrates that corporate culture, an idea celebrated by business magazines and books, human resources departments, executives, and management theorists, is really a means of extending and strengthening workrs"s presence in all aspects of workersrs" lives, even aspects generally categorized as private. Innovative in its execution, this book draws together a range of literature and information, including popular advice books, organizational theory, fiction, corporate mission statements, business histories, and economic histories.
Main Description
The Cultural Work of Corporationsargues that corporate culturethe values, customs, and conventions of a business organizationhas altered how workers conduct themselves both inside andoutside the workplace. Brown demonstrates that corporate culture, an idea celebrated by business magazines and books, human resources departments, executives, and management theorists, is really a means of extending and strengthening work's presence in all aspects of workers' lives, even aspects generally categorized as private. Innovative in its execution, this book draws together a range of literature and information, including popular advice books, organizational theory, fiction, corporate mission statements, business histories, and economic histories.
Main Description
The Cultural Work of Corporationsargues that corporate culturethe values, customs, and conventions of a business organizationhas altered how workers conduct themselves both insideandoutside the workplace. Brown demonstrates that corporate culture, an idea celebrated by business magazines and books, human resources departments, executives, and management theorists, is really a means of extending and strengthening work's presence in all aspects of workers' lives, even aspects generally categorized as private. Innovative in its execution, this book draws together a range of literature and information, including popular advice books, organizational theory, fiction, corporate mission statements, business histories, and economic histories.
Main Description
The Cultural Work of Corporations argues that corporate culturethe values, customs, and conventions of a business organizationhas altered how workers conduct themselves both inside and outside the workplace. Brown demonstrates that corporate culture, an idea celebrated by business magazines and books, human resources departments, executives, and management theorists, is really a means of extending and strengthening work's presence in all aspects of workers' lives, even aspects generally categorized as private. Innovative in its execution, this book draws together a range of literature and information, including popular advice books, organizational theory, fiction, corporate mission statements, business histories, and economic histories.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text argues that corporate culture - the values, customs, and conventions of a business organization - has altered how workers conduct themselves both inside and outside the workplace.
Description for Bookstore
Brown bridges the gap between humanities and business, appealing to the increasing number of scholars working in both fields
Main Description
The Cultural Work of Corporations argues that corporate culture-the values, customs, and conventions of a business organization-has altered how workers conduct themselves both inside and outside the workplace.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Corporate Culture and Business Studiesp. 1
From Organization Man to Liberation Management: An Examination of Individuality and Conformity in the Workplacep. 39
Survival at Work: Flexibility and Adaptability in American Corporate Culturep. 75
Taking Care of Business: Corporate Performance, Self-Care, and the Healthy Workplacep. 101
Everything to Gain: The Intensification of Corporate Progress, Presence, and Riskp. 123
Students and Stakeholders: Business Writing Courses and Corporate Cultural Literacyp. 155
Corporate Culture Out of Control?p. 175
Notesp. 185
Referencesp. 207
Indexp. 221
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