Corporate Education and Training
The American corporation gives daily shaping to the lives of the more than 20 million people who seek their livelihood there. Political values, career aspirations, and personal networks are made or remade. So, too, are many of the human skills and work experience that make for productive enterprise. Like any large organization, the business firm is simultaneously drawing upon existing talents and molding new abilities among those who dwell therein. Intended or not, the corporation is one of the nation's preeminent educational consumers and producers.
For employees who arrive on the company doorstep well prepared, an elaborate apparatus for application of their talents is at the ready. Many companies deploy sophisticated systems for ensuring proper match between their human capital and work positions. For employees who enter less prepared, a parallel apparatus for enhancing their talents is usually at the ready as well. Many companies employ complex systems for training new entrants whose human capital does not measure up to the work process. Later, the skills of both groups are likely to be further upgraded in response to changing technologies and advancing careers.
Until recently, the corporation's simultaneous consumption and production of employee work capacities have been so naturally a part of the company's operation, so implicitly a part of the corporate experience, that it largely escaped notice. The virtual absence of even allusion to education and training in The Corporation in Modern Society, edited by Edward Mason , was symptomatic of that earlier era's untroubled waters. The com-