The Puritan Gift: Triumph, Collapse and Revival of An American Dream by Kenneth Hopper & William Hopper. lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
I. B. Tauris & Co., 2007, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;
From the cover: Where does the Protestant work ethic come from? And how did America achieve such dominance in management for so long?
The Puritan Gift traces the origins and characteristics of an American managerial culture which, over the course of three centuries, turned a handful of small colonies into the greatest economic and political power on earth. It argues that the energy, social mobility, competitiveness and capacity for innovation, all of which lie at the heart of that culture, have their origins in the discipline and ethos of Americas first wave of European immigrants: the Puritans. Drawing lessons from their own extensive experience, the authors warn that, as America distances itself from the core values which underlay its commercial and economic success during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it puts its own future prosperity and security at risk.
The book also explores how American managerial culture has spread throughout the world. In particular it examines the impact of the US occupation of Japan on the social and manufacturing mores of that country and explains how Americas inherited style of management interacted with Japanese traditions.
This is an original exploration of the dramatic and far-reaching consequences of the Puritans gift to America the ethos which produced the early success of America and what came to be known as the American dream.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XVI] 334 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.
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