Manufacturing Rationality: The Engineering Foundations of the Managerial Revolution

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Acknowledgements

This book brings to a conclusion an intellectual journey that took place in several geographical locations over a period of five years. The empirical materials for this book were collected during my sabbatical stay at the University of Wisconsin-Madison between 1992 and 1993. Ann Miner, Pam Hoschild, and Marc Suchman provided useful suggestions in this crucial stage of research design. I am grateful for the assistance and services I received at the Wisconsin Historical Library and the Wendt Engineering Library in collecting the materials. They went out of their way to give me access to treasured documents. Thanks also to the Engineering Societies Information Center, Linda Hall Library East, in New York City, where I received complementary materials missing elsewhere.

Parts of this manuscript were written while I was a visiting professor in my Alma Mater, the Department of Sociology at Stanford University, between 1994 and 1995. Being at Stanford I benefited from the intellectual atmosphere in two research centers: SCOR and SCANSCOR. Three individuals exerted strong influence on this study there: John Meyer, Jim March, and Dick Scott.

A number of colleagues have read the manuscript, or parts of it, and provided useful substantial or editorial comments at various stages of the project: Kalman and Ingrid Appelbaum, Steve Barley, Barbara Czarniawska, Michal Frenkel, Mauro Guillen, David Hounshell, Alexandra Kalev, Adriana Kemp, John Meyer, ,and Ely Weitz. Aviad Raz gave me excellent advice on writing, content, and the interplay between them. I also benefited from discussions with a large number of colleagues in Tel Aviv and elsewhere: Nitza Berkovitz, Daniel Breslau, Yinon Cohen, Marie-Laure Djelic, Frank Dobbin, Eva Eillouz, Haim Hazan, Gideon Kunda, Rachel Lotan, Peter Mendel, Francisco Ramirez, Itzhak Saporta, Ora Setter, Ronen Shamir, David Strang, Marc Ventresca, David DeVries, and Yuval Yonay. I am particularly indebted to the late Yonatan Shapiro, a senior colleague and a friend, who always had faith in the manuscript.

It was a pleasure to work with a wonderful group of graduate students at Tel Aviv University, students who provided me with a cozy environment on the one hand and intellectual challenge and criticism on the other: Daniel De-Malach, Michal Frenkel, Alexandra Kalev, Ori Landau, Anat Leibler, Ely Weitz (who is now a colleague), and Aviva Zeltzer. Dorith Geva, Alexandra Kalev, Shoham Melamed, Seffi Shteiglitz, and Aviva Zeltzer gave me technical assistance. I particularly want to thank Alexandra Kalev who helped with devotion, wisdom, and care. They all formed the intellectual context within which this book was written.

The research for this study was supported by grants from the Israel Foundation Trustees, Ford Foundation ( 1994), and from the Israel Academy of

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