The Therapeutic Corporation

The Therapeutic Corporation

by James Tucker

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Overview

A growing number of contemporary organizations have management structures that are less centralized and hierarchical than the traditional bureaucratic model. This book takes a close look inside one such organization: an employee-owned manufacturing corporation. It addresses the question of how conflicts are handled when bureaucracy is greatly reduced--and its findings will surprise and enlighten many readers. Therapy, a behavior or practice normally thought to be confined to the offices of psychiatrists and the wards of mental hospitals, turns out to be the most common way of handling conflict in the postbureaucratic work environment. James Tucker reveals that this therapeutic system of social control contrasts sharply, and tellingly, with the more authoritative--often violent--systems of social control found in more centralized and hierarchical work settings, especially those of the past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195354775
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/25/1999
Series: Studies on Law and Social Control
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 273 KB

About the Author

James Tucker is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

One Introduction
3(18)
The Blackian Paradigm
5(5)
The Social Structure of Therapy
10(5)
The Postbureaucratic Organization
15(2)
Therapy in Corporations
17(4)
Two HelpCo: A Postbureaucratic Organization
21(16)
Inside the Corporation
21(3)
The Formal Organization
24(4)
The Structure of Social Relations
28(4)
Bureaucratic Variation
32(2)
Method: The Conflict Case
34(3)
Three Therapeutic Management
37(32)
Downward Conflict
37(1)
Strong Discipline
38(4)
Weak Discipline
42(7)
Therapy from Above
49(20)
Four Therapeutic Peacemaking
69(28)
Lateral Conflict
69(2)
Vengeance
71(6)
Settlement
77(2)
Therapy and Conciliation
79(18)
Five Therapeutic Protest
97(24)
Upward Conflict
97(1)
Strong Rebellion
98(7)
Weak Rebellion
105(3)
Therapy from Below
108(13)
Six Conclusion
121(8)
Therapeutic Democracy
123(1)
Therapeutic Communalism
124(3)
Therapeutic Evolution
127(2)
Notes 129(16)
References 145(20)
Index 165

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