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Engineering Culture


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments to the revised edition
Preface to the Revised Edition
Chapter One: Culture and Organization
Chapter Two: The Setting
Chapter Three: Ideology: Tech Culture Codified
Chapter Four: Presentational Rituals: Talking Ideology
Chapter Five: Self and Organization: In the Shadow of the Golden Bull
Chapter Six: Conclusion
Chapter Seven: Epilogue
Appendix: Methods -- A Confessional of Sorts

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A revised edition of the classic text on the sociology of management and organization

About the Author

Gideon Kunda is Associate Professor, Department of Labor Studies, Tel Aviv University.


"this is one of the finest ethnographies of an organization culture I have read." Administrative Science Quarterly "This book provides a much needed balance to the organizational-culture literature that is sweeping the organizational-behavior field and from there making its way into popular culture. The book presents an important account and perhaps an important warning." Paul Dimaggio, professor of sociology, Princeton University "Kunda finds a dark side to the new management desire to 'bind employees' hearts and minds to the corporate interest.'... The pervasive employee response is irony--acceptance and detachment at the same time. Thus the culture undermines itself." --Sloan Management Review "Using detailed descriptions of everyday rituals and interactions in which the 'corporate culture' is brought to life, as well as excerpts of in-depth interviews, the author portrays vividly the tension caused by managerial control and the forms of individual experience it produces." --Science Books & Films "[Engineering Culture] is a wonderfully ironic account of corporate life in the fast lanes of the high-tech trades... Kunda's display of the emotional underlife of organizational fun-and-games is a most revealing one." --John Van Maanen, MIT

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