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Engineering culture : control and commitment in a high-tech corporation

By: Kunda, Gideon.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Labour and Social Change. Publisher: Philadelphia Temple University Press 1992Description: vii, 297 p. 24 cm.ISBN: 9781566390750.Subject(s): Corporate culture - Case studies | Organizational effectiveness - Case studies | Control (Psychology) - Case studies | Employee motivation - Case studies | Quality of work life - Case studies | High technology industries - Management - Case studiesDDC classification: 658.4 Summary: "It is an award-winning ethnography of the engineering division of a large American high-tech corporation. Now, this influential book - which has been translated into Japanese, Italian and Hebrew - has been revised to bring it up to date. In ""Engineering Culture"", Gideon Kunda offers a critical analysis of an American company's well-known and widely emulated ""corporate culture."" Kunda uses detailed descriptions of everyday interactions and rituals in which the culture is brought to life, excerpts from in-depth interviews and a wide variety of corporate texts to vividly portray managerial attempts to design and impose the culture and the ways in which it is experienced by members of the organization. The company's management, Kunda reveals, uses a variety of methods to promulgate what it claims is a non-authoritarian, informal, and flexible work environment that enhances and rewards individual commitment, initiative, and creativity while promoting personal growth. The author demonstrates, however, that these pervasive efforts mask an elaborate and subtle form of normative control in which the members' minds and hearts become the target of corporate influence."
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-283) and index.

"It is an award-winning ethnography of the engineering division of a large American high-tech corporation. Now, this influential book - which has been translated into Japanese, Italian and Hebrew - has been revised to bring it up to date. In ""Engineering Culture"", Gideon Kunda offers a critical analysis of an American company's well-known and widely emulated ""corporate culture."" Kunda uses detailed descriptions of everyday interactions and rituals in which the culture is brought to life, excerpts from in-depth interviews and a wide variety of corporate texts to vividly portray managerial attempts to design and impose the culture and the ways in which it is experienced by members of the organization. The company's management, Kunda reveals, uses a variety of methods to promulgate what it claims is a non-authoritarian, informal, and flexible work environment that enhances and rewards individual commitment, initiative, and creativity while promoting personal growth. The author demonstrates, however, that these pervasive efforts mask an elaborate and subtle form of normative control in which the members' minds and hearts become the target of corporate influence."

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