The Firm as a Collaborative Community: Reconstructing Trust in the Knowledge Economy

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This volume explores the changing nature of community in modern corporations. Community within and between firms - the fabric of trust so essential to contemporary business - has long been based on loyalty. This loyalty has been largely destroyed by three decades of economic turbulence, downsizing, and restructuring. Yet community is more important than ever in an increasingly complex, knowledge-intensive economy. The thesis of this volume is that a new form of community is slowly emerging - one that is more flexible and wider in scope than the community of loyalty, and that transcends the limitations of both traditional Gemeinschaft and modern Gesellschaft. We call this form collaborative community.

The trend towards collaborative community is difficult to detect amidst the ferocious forces of market and bureaucratic rationalization. But close analysis of some of America's most successful corporations reveals three dimensions of the emerging form:

· a shared ethic of interdependent contribution: distinct from the uneasy mix of loyalty and individualism that prevailed for so long;
· a formalized set of norms of interdependent process management that include iterative co-design, metaphoric search, and systematic mutual understanding: distinct from both rigid authority hierarchies and informal log-rolling;
· An interdependent social identity that supports these organizational features: distinct from both dependent, traditionalistic identities and the independence of the autonomous self that is often associated with Western culture.

This volume is a collaborative effort of leading scholars in organization studies to delineate the new form of community and the forces encouraging and constraining its growth. The contributors combine sociology and psychology theory with detailed analysis of business cases at the firm and inter-firm level.

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Charles Heckscher is a professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University. His research focuses on organization change and its consequences for employees and unions, and on the possibilities for more collaborative and democratic forms of work. His books include The New Unionism, The Post-Bureaucratic Organization (Sage, 1994), White-Collar Blues (Basic Books, 1995), and Agents of Change (OUP, 2003). As Director of the Center for Workplace Transformation he is leading research into the development of collaboration in local unions and corporations. Before coming to Rutgers he worked for the Communications Workers' union and taught Human Resources Management at the Harvard Business School.

Paul Adler is Professor of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. Educated in Australia and France, he came to the US in 1981. Before joining USC in 1991, he was affiliated with the Brookings Institution, Columbia University, the Harvard Business School, and Stanford's School of Engineering. His research and teaching focus on organization theory and design. He has published widely in academic and managerial journals both in the U.S. and overseas. He has also published three edited volumes: Technology and the Future of Work; Usability: Turning Technologies into Tools; and Remade in America: Transplanting and Transforming Japanese Management Systems, all with Oxford University Press.

Contenuti:

  • Paul S. Adler and Charles Heckscher: Introduction
  • Part I: Framing Concepts
  • 1: Paul S. Adler and Charles Heckscher: Towards Collaborative Community
  • 2: Charles Sabel: Theory of a Real-Time Revolution
  • 3: Michael Maccoby: The Self in Transition: From Bureaucratic to Interactive Social Character
  • Part II: Community Inside Corporations
  • 4: Jay Galbraith: Differentiated Networks
  • 5: Paul S. Adler: Beyond Hacker Idiocy
  • 6: Michael Maccoby: Healthcare Organizations as Collaborative Learning Communities
  • 7: Anabel Quan-Haase and Barry Wellman: Hyperconnected Net Work
  • 8: Saul Rubinstein: Collaborative Community and Employee Representation
  • Part III: Community Across Corporations
  • 9: Lynda Applegate: Building Inter-Firm Collaborative Community
  • 10: John Paul MacDuffie and Susan Helper: Collaboration in Supply Chains
  • Part IV: The Process of Change
  • 11: Michael Maccoby and Charles Heckscher: A Note on Leadership in Collaborative Communities
  • 12: Charles Heckscher and Nathaniel Foote: The Strategic Fitness Process
  • 13: Mark Bonchek and Robert Howard: The Power to Convene: Leadership in Interfirm Networks

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