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Management article
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Reference no. 83507
Authors: Robert Jackall
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Business Review", 1983
Length: 12 pages

Abstract

The theory that success is commensurate with effort is an enduring belief in our society. So is the idea that hard work builds character. What becomes of men and women in large corporations in which success is not necessarily connected with hard work? Interviews with managers and executives in several big companies reveal that bureaucracy, the prevailing organizational form of our society and economy, breaks apart the old connection between work and salvation and erodes all standards of morality except its own. McKinsey Award Winner.

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Abstract

The theory that success is commensurate with effort is an enduring belief in our society. So is the idea that hard work builds character. What becomes of men and women in large corporations in which success is not necessarily connected with hard work? Interviews with managers and executives in several big companies reveal that bureaucracy, the prevailing organizational form of our society and economy, breaks apart the old connection between work and salvation and erodes all standards of morality except its own. McKinsey Award Winner.

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