Turbulence

Turbulence

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by Edward S. Greenberg
     
 

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This timely book investigates the experiences of employees at all levels of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) during a ten-year period of dramatic organizational change. As Boeing transformed itself, workers and managers contended with repeated downsizing, shifting corporate culture, new roles for women, outsourcing, mergers, lean production, and rampant

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This timely book investigates the experiences of employees at all levels of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) during a ten-year period of dramatic organizational change. As Boeing transformed itself, workers and managers contended with repeated downsizing, shifting corporate culture, new roles for women, outsourcing, mergers, lean production, and rampant technological change. Drawing on a unique blend of quantitative and qualitative research, the authors consider how management strategies affected the well-being of Boeing employees, as well as their attitudes toward their jobs and their company. Boeing employees’ experience holds vital lessons for other employees, the leaders of other firms determined to thrive in today’s era of inescapable and growing global competition, as well as public officials concerned about the well-being of American workers and companies.

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The New York Times

". . . a meticulous and illuminating case study of the nation''s largest manufacturing exporter."--The New York Times

The Seattle Times

". . . well-written and show[ing] a firm grasp of both the aviation business and the competitive forces pushing Boeing management to act as they did."--The Seattle Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300154627
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

What People are saying about this

Benjamin I. Page
"Turbulence is not only a masterful, detailed study of ten years of dramatic organizational change at Boeing. It is also a story of how American managers and workers can cope with the fierce pressures of global economic competition, seeking both high productivity and a decent workplace.(Benjamin I. Page, Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making, Northwestern University)
Peter Cappelli
Turbulence traces the history of corporate restructuring and its consequences through the experience of an iconic US company. A fascinating read.(Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources at The Wharton School and Professor of Education, University of Pennsylvania)
Jim Collins
"The mix of qualitative and quantitative analysis is admirable and well done, a credit to the authors. The power of the work comes from an unusual, perhaps unique, empirical data-base looking at what actually happens to employees living through massive corporate change."-Jim Collins, author of Built to Last, Good to Great, and How the Mighty Fall

Meet the Author

Edward S. Greenberg is a member of the faculty in the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, and professor of political science. Leon Grunberg is professor and chairperson, Department of Comparative Sociology, University of Puget Sound. Sarah Moore is associate dean of faculty and professor of psychology, University of Puget Sound. Patricia B. Sikora is owner/principal, Sikora Associates, LLC, in Superior, CO.

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Afghanistan: How the West Lost Its Way 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
willyvan More than 1 year ago
Tim Bird, a lecturer in defence studies at King’s College London, and Alex Marshall, a lecturer in history at Glasgow University, have produced a brilliant study. It is thorough, scholarly and fair-minded, and it indicts NATO’s disastrous war on Afghanistan. The initial aim of the war was to disrupt Al-Qaeda – which was done by 2001. NATO’s war should have ended then. This success did not require building a democratic state or a working economy in Afghanistan – neither of which could be achieved. NATO’s nation-building was doomed from the start. As the authors note, “political and economic liberalization in practice generated destabilizing side-effects in war-shattered states, which then actually perpetuated instability.” Further, “the reconstruction effort during this period was underfunded, corruption-riddled and disorganized …” In 2006 the education minister in the province of Uruzgan was himself illiterate. The later war was also bound to fail. This was largely because “the threat was conceptualized as being drawn from a list that included an individual (bin Laden), a group (Al Qaeda), a tactic (terrorism), hostile governments, neutral governments, and a state of mind.” The British 2005 decision to put troops into Helmand was taken casually, without the army top brass even knowing about it. Extending the war to Pakistan was also a disaster. 6 million people have been displaced from its Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the North West Frontier Province. 7,354 civilians have been killed. In 2009 alone, 3,300 Pakistani civilians were killed, more than in Afghanistan, 2,412. The Brookings Institution estimates that drone attacks kill ten civilians for every militant killed. The authors sum up, “NATO’s decade of strategic engagement in the region had, paradoxically, become notable not only for reinforcing Pakistan’s traditional strategic mindset, but also for escalating violence and instability.” NATO used counter-insurgency, a military approach, when Afghanistan and Pakistan were clearly problems without a military solution, problems that only the Afghan and Pakistani peoples could solve.
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Chubby_Hubby More than 1 year ago
The last 10+ years spanned multiple machinist strikes, one engineer strike, one disastrous merger with McDonnel Douglas, and the beginnings of the still-grounded 787 airplane. This book covers this tumultuous period and its effects on the Boeing population. As a new employee, this is a great way to learm about the history of the company. Coupled with FlightBlogger, this gives me insight into the Boeing of the past and the Boeing of the present. As the company continues to struggle, the analysis covered in the book will have implications for Boeing of the future.
Vince Rapp More than 1 year ago
These guys do not make a story out of Afghanistan's history. If you like long, difficult to follow sentences and 75 out of 270 pages devoted to conclusion + footnotes + index, then this is the book for you!