The Therapeutic Corporation

Hardcover | February 1, 1999

byJames Tucker

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A growing number of contemporary organizations have management structures that are less centralized and hierarchical than the traditional bureaucratic model. This book takes a close look inside one such organization: an employee-owned manufacturing corporation. It addresses the question of howconflicts are handled when bureaucracy is greatly reduced--and its findings will surprise and enlighten many readers. Therapy, a behavior or practice normally thought to be confined to the offices of psychiatrists and the wards of mental hospitals, turns out to be the most common way of handlingconflict in the postbureaucratic work environment. James Tucker reveals that this therapeutic system of social control contrasts sharply, and tellingly, with the more authoritative--often violent--systems of social control found in more centralized and hierarchical work settings, especially those ofthe past.

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A growing number of contemporary organizations have management structures that are less centralized and hierarchical than the traditional bureaucratic model. This book takes a close look inside one such organization: an employee-owned manufacturing corporation. It addresses the question of howconflicts are handled when bureaucracy is g...

James Tucker is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.31 × 5.59 × 0.91 inPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195111753

ISBN - 13:9780195111750

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"A clearly organized and well-researched enthnographic analysis of a high-tech company (given the pseudonym HelpCo) located outside a small city in the eastern U.S.... Tucker's work is a welcomed and important contribution to the growing literature documenting these developments."--SocialForces