Transforming Culture: Creating and Sustaining a Better Manufacturing Organization

Hardcover | March 15, 2010

byElizabeth K. Briody

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Organizations - whether profit or nonprofit, services or manufacturing - need to be able to adapt and transform their cultures to succeed. Yet cultural transformation can seem either too easy or completely overwhelming. Transforming Culture shows how effective and sustainable cultural transformation can be achieved even in a challenging environment such as a General Motors manufacturing plant. The authors offer both a practical approach and tools to draw on the energy and ideas of employees and executives, remove obstacles to change, and create durable improvements.

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Organizations - whether profit or nonprofit, services or manufacturing - need to be able to adapt and transform their cultures to succeed. Yet cultural transformation can seem either too easy or completely overwhelming. Transforming Culture shows how effective and sustainable cultural transformation can be achieved even in a challengin...

Elizabeth K. Briody, Ph.D, is founder, Cultural Keys LLC and formerly Technical Fellow, GM R&D and President of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology. She is the co-editor of Partnering for Organizational Performance with Robert T. Trotter, II. Robert T. Trotter, II, Ph.D. is Regents’ Professor and Chair, Departmen...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230623468

ISBN - 13:9780230623460

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the American Manufacturing Culture Story * Significant Cultural Transformations in the Automotive Industry * Helping Organizations to See “What Was” and “What Is” * Getting Organizations to See "What Is" and "What Could Be" * Obstacles to Cultural Transformation * Reliance on Cultural Processes During Cultural Transformation * Tools to Aid in Cultural Transformation * Lessons Learned, Futures Planned * Notes * References * Index

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WINNER of the 2012 Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology from the American Anthropological Association "We have few work organization studies with such thick description over a two-decade period . . . The book is a cautionary tale about the death and hopeful rebirth of manufacturing in the Untied States and provides important social commentary on the American Dream at the beginning of a new millennium." - Anthropology of Work Review"An approach, tools, and stories that helped us build a strong, productive culture." - Randy Thayer, Lansing Regional Plant Manager, Lansing Delta Township and Lansing Grand River "Perceptive, instructive, and critically important! The authors' incisive analysis, combined with real-world illustrations and an engaging writing style, make this book stand out from all others." - S. Tamer Cavusgil, Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University and Director of the Institute of International Business "This aptly titled book combines technical expertise and experience of a high order with work with a variety of people in the manufacturing trenches at GM. The authors have developed real and realistic methods to induce constructive culture change. Useful to anyone trying to change the culture of an organization." - Bob Frosch, former Vice President, GM and former Administrator, NASA.