Blood, Sweat and Tears

Blood, Sweat and Tears : The Evolution of Work

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Blood, Sweat & Tears is a captivating history of work, from prehistoric times to the present day. It offers fascinating and intelligent analyses of the individuals, assumptions, theories, developments, and practices that have so much changed work. Based on detailed research from around the world, the author examines early societies, slavery, the guilds, the creation of trade secrets and the influence of religion on work (such as the humanist ideals of the great Quaker industrialists). Donkin also investigates the ideas of the theorists, such as F. W. Taylor, Max Weber, Elton Mayo, Mary Parker Follett, and W. Edwards Demming, and the impact they have had on our lives. And, controversially, the author challenges the work ethic on behalf of all those whose lives have increasingly become subsumed by the demands of employers, asking the question: Why do we do it?show more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 149.9 x 225.6 x 29.5mm | 557.93g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Texere Publishing
  • Florence, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1587991446
  • 9781587991448

Table of contents

Foreword by Warren Bennis Acknowledgments Introduction 1.Hands to the Grindstone 2.Fettered Lives 3.Job Creation 4.The New Religion of Work 5.The Most Important Pile of Bricks in the World 6.Secrets of the Dumb Steeple 7.The Silent Monitor 8.The Last Puritan in a Nation of Amateurs 9.The Yellow Dog Unleashed 10.The Philadelphia Catechism 11.Modern Times 12.Western Electric Discovers Motivation 13.Unnatural Selection 14.Arbeit Macht Frei 15.Whatever Happened to Homer Sarasohn? 16.Managing the Corporate State 17.The Wanting Animal 18.Sharp-suited Philantropists 19.The End of Management 20.Melting the Frozen Assets 21.The Road to Panama 22.One Life. Live It Postcript: New Century, New Ethic Notes Indexshow more

About Richard Donkin

Richard Donkin is a leading columnist and writer on the Financial Times newspaper, specialising in work and management topics. He regularly appears on radio and contributes to other leading magazines on issues relating to business. He lives in London with his wife and more

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