Symbols and Artifacts: Views of the Corporate Landscape

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Pasquale Gagliardi
Transaction Publishers - Business & Economics - 428 pages
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A selection of 18 papers from an international conference in Milan, June 1987, organized by the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism. Details how corporate artifacts are invested with meaning, are related to control, and can be used as cultural indicators in research. Among the topics are office design, housing modifications, computer systems, and the space shuttle. Fairly devoid of specialist jargon. No index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Preface
v
Introduction
xvii
Artifacts as Pathways and Remains of Organizational Life
1
Designing Physical Settings in Organizations
37
Corporate Architecture Turning Physical Settings into Symbolic Resources
39
Building Buildings and Living Lives A Critique of Bureaucracy Ideology and Concrete Artifacts
67
Housing Modifications as Organizational Communication
83
Meaning of the Workplace Using Ideas of Ritual Space in Design
105
The Symbolic Value of Computerized Information Systems
231
Car Makers and Marathon Runners In Pursuit of Culture Through the Language of Leadership
253
Root Metaphors Embedded in Artifacts
269
The CEO as Corporate MythMaker Negotiating the Boundaries of Work and Play at Dominos Pizza Company
271
Artifacts in a Bureaucratic Monastery
279
The Symbol of the Space Shuttle and the Degeneration of the American Dream
301
Artifacts and Organizational Control
321
The Aesthetic Imperative of a RationalTechnical Machinery A Study in Organizational Control Through the Design of Artifacts
323

The Symbolics of Office Design An Empirical Exploration
127
Designing Dynamic Artifacts Computer Systems as Formative Contexts
145
Disclosing Organizational Cultures Through Artifacts
165
Colors Artifacts and Ideologies
167
Photograph Analysis A Method to Capture Organizational Belief Systems
183
Curing the Monster Some Images of and Considerations About the Dragon
205
Linguistic Artifacts at Service of Organizational Control
337
Failed Artifacts
363
DeConstructing Artifacts
383
Theory as Artefact Artefact as Theory
385
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