Human Resources: A Corporate Nightmare [NOOK Book]

Overview

Corporate management is the use of humans as resources. So is vampirism. What would happen if a vampire were to take over a company and reorganize it? And if that vampire were to feed not only on fresh blood, but also on fresh ideas? This is the basis for Floyd Kemske's third corporate nightmare, a humorous but frightening look at corporate re-engineering. This is a case study you won't find in any textbook.
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Human Resources: A Corporate Nightmare

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Overview

Corporate management is the use of humans as resources. So is vampirism. What would happen if a vampire were to take over a company and reorganize it? And if that vampire were to feed not only on fresh blood, but also on fresh ideas? This is the basis for Floyd Kemske's third corporate nightmare, a humorous but frightening look at corporate re-engineering. This is a case study you won't find in any textbook.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kemske (The Virtual Boss) has invented an apt metaphor for his new novel: corporate ``turnaround specialist'' as vampire. Norman, the somewhat dim-witted human resources manager for a biotechnology company, is called in to meet Pierce, a slick ``re-engineering'' expert who turns out to have fired the entire ``executive team'' and plans to reorganize the company from top to bottom. The reorganization has an odd effect on co-workers-after a private meeting with Pierce, one supervisor in Norman's department becomes increasingly wan and requests a windowless office. Other workers begin disappearing, either through death or firing, and pretty soon Pierce is trying to force Norman to fire nine people a day. Chapters taking place in the corporate present alternate with those that happen in Pierce's formative years in the industrial 18th and 19th centuries. There are loads of clever details: Norman's two bickering co-workers, who as big fans of Anne Rice-type vampire novels are endless sources of knowledge about ``revenants''; and the tension between Norman and his more ambitious wife, Gwen, who is herself a human resources manager at another company. Through narrative and ingenious plays on the sinister (and silly) double entendres of business lingo, Kemske has created a stinging satire of contemporary corporate life. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“[A] wonderfully ambiguous and deliciously wicked tale leavened by humor...in a jugular vein.” —Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945774730
  • Publisher: Catbird Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 248 KB

Meet the Author

Floyd Kemske is the author of five novels, including The Virtual Boss. He lives in Pepperell, Massachusetts.

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First Chapter

Chapter 1

Every couple has a standard argument, that single dispute

Excerpted from Human Resources by Floyd Kemske. Copyright © 1995. All rights reserved.

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