New Corporate Cultures that Motivate

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Business & Economics - 220 pages

This breakthrough analysis of several advanced, exceptionally productive, and motivating organizational cultures is based on interviews with employees--from shop floor workers to CEOs--to discover precisely what makes them so effective. These positive case studies, illuminated by the executive perspective in each situation, tell fascinating stories of how these exciting cultures were formed, developed, or evolved to meet the challenges created by the firms' growth and success. Haasen and Shea also examine the recent history of four negative examples of conventional organizations that have imploded, regressed, suffered from malaise, or been sidetracked by their executives.

A new concept of employee ownership emerges from the studies, one that is not primarily financial in nature but instead revolves around the idea of joint responsibility for decisions and actions. That basis leads to more collaborative teamwork, less reliance on hierarchy, and a greater sense of involvement in key strategy formulation. Managers are transformed from out-of-touch bosses into important resources to their people. The work environment of these new corporate cultures is characterized by mutual respect and support. The result is a stimulating, fun place to work, which in turn leads to greater productivity and lower turnover costs.

 

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Contents

TDIndustries Practicing ServantLeadership at a Plumbing and AirConditioning Contractor
25
Jack Lowe JrListening to TDs Partners
33
US Coast Guard Culture Shift in Government
35
Admiral ADM James M LoyLeading Cultural Change
47
Having Fun at Work?AES Corporation
51
Dennis W BakkeA Journey Teaching Purpose and Values
65
A Closer Look at Culture
69
Cultures with a Passion
79
Dr George HeilmeierLeading the Change
123
Xerox Corporation Violating Core Values
127
Mattel Losing the Focus
135
Enron Corporation What Went Wrong?
141
Job Withdrawal at European Manufacturing Company EMC
153
Why Do Cultures Fail?
157
A Model Corporate Culture
165
Science Applications International Corporation SAIC Entrepreneurial Spirit and Employee Ownership
167

MClass The Making of a New MercedesBenz
81
Andreas RenschlerThink Globally and Act Locally
89
The Culture of LUV Southwest Airlines
95
Colleen C BarrettNurturing the Southwest Spirit
103
A Different Perspective Cultures with a Passion
107
Facing the Challenge of Change Cultures in Transition
115
Building the New Bellcore
119
Dr John H Warner JrSAIC Will the Legend Continue?
187
Summing It Up The Essence of New Corporate Cultures
193
Conclusion Poised to MotivateThe Power of One
203
Bibliography
211
Index
213
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About the author (2003)

ADOLF HAASEN is Managing Partner of A & R Associates, a human resources consulting firm based in Hartsdale, New York. Before founding A & R Associates, Haasen gained extensive international management experience as an executive for the German-based global pharmaceutical company Merck.

GORDON F. SHEA is President of Prime Systems Company, a training and human resources firm based in Beltsville, Maryland. He has over 30 years of experience as a practicing supervisor, manager, and executive in government and private industry.

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