Men and Women of the Corporation

Men and Women of the Corporation

Men and Women of the Corporation

Men and Women of the Corporation

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"In this landmark work on corporate power, especially as it relates to women, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the distinguished Harvard management thinker and consultant, shows how the careers and self-images of"

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It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but, on the contrary, their social existence determines their consciousness.

--Karl Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

But the understandings of the greater part of men are necessarily formed by their ordinary employments.

--Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

The shift in the structure and character of work has created a demand that work produce more than purely economic benefits. To make a living is no longer enough. Work also has to make a life.

--Peter Drucker, Management

The most distinguished advocate and the most distinguished critic of modern capitalism were in agreement on one essential point: the job makes the person. Adam Smith and Karl Marx both recognized the extent to which people's attitudes and behaviors take shape out of the experiences they have in their work.

If jobs "create" people, then the corporation is the quintessential contemporary people-producer. It employs a large proportion of the labor force, and its practices often serve as models for the organization of other systems. How people-production happens in all large bureaucracies, but especially in one manufacturing firm, is the subject of this book. The case of the organization I have named Industrial Supply Corporation (Indsco) provides the context for illuminating the ways in which organization structure forms people's sense of themselves and of their possibilities.

Indsco is a good place to visit, not only because it is among the biggest and most powerful of the multinationals that dominate American industry but also because it is socially conscious. In the past decade, Indsco has taken an active look at its employment practices in an attempt to benefit workers and live up to the self-chosen designation of "people-conscious organization." Thus . . .

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