The Diffusion of the Culturally Sensitive Corporate Form
Late Editions 5, Corporate Futures, questions this idea of a "cultural landscape" by focusing on the the marked investment of corporations in the concept of culture, long the purview of anthropologists and, more recently, those involved in the humanistic disciplines. Emerging in the discourse of the workplace—and traveling beyond it to traditionally alternative associations—is the idea of a "corporate culture" with its own organization, management policies and practices, and ethos. How can we understand this culture of corporations, and to what extent does it reflect self-contained communities or fragmented human existence in groups under conditions of postmodernity? Corporate Futures tackles these issues and questions through conversations with managers, financial and risk analysts, and other participants in national and international organizations.
The results—engaging, intriguing, speculative, current—continue the work begun in earlier volumes to map the terrain of the present and navigate the uncertain future.
Praise for Late Editions: "If the succeeding volumes are as compassionate and informed as the first, this series could become an essential postmodern guidebook to the world's changing cultural terrain. I plan on letting it ease me into the next century."—Catherine Gysin, Utne Reader
I: Governance, Accounting, Planning
1: Corporate Culture Wars
2: Making More Matter at the Bottom Line
3: Toward a Higher-Order Merger: A Middle Manager's Story
4: Colombo-Japanese Mixtures amidst a Corporate Reinvention
5: Storying Corporate Futures: The Shell Scenarios
Robbie E. Davis-Floyd
II: Speculations and Risks
6: The World as Speculation
7: Sixty-five Roses, Pulmozyme, Steve Shak, Genentech, Inc.
III: Opposition, Inc.
8: Making Space, Speaking Truth: The Institute for Policy Studies, 1963-1995
Michael Fortun, Kim Fortun.
9: Citizens, Inc.: Bottom-Up Organizing in Bottom-Line Contexts
10: Artists Incorporating: Business Savvy Meets Creative Experimentation