Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

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Hardcover, Random House Inc, 2014, ISBN13 9780385536578, ISBN10 0385536577
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Draws from popular books, movies, comic strips, management literature, and business history to show how the white-collar world came to be, from the mid-nineteenth century to today, and reveals what it might become.

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Draws from popular books, movies, comic strips, management literature, and business history to show how the white-collar world came to be, from the mid-nineteenth century to today, and reveals what it might become.

You mean this place we go to five days a week "has a history"? Yes it does, and "Cubed" reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world's work--our work--gets done. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to "The Office," from the wood-lined corner office to the open-plan cubicle farm, "Cubed" is a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is--and what it might become.
In the mid-nineteenth century clerical workers were called "clerks"--they were all men and they did their paperwork in the corners of dark workspaces and were considered questionable dandies. But as the great historical shifts from agricultural to industrial economies took place, and then from industrial to information economies, the organization of the workplace evolved along with them. Offices became "rationalized," designed for both greater efficiency in the accomplishments of clerical work and the enhancement of worker productivity. "Cubed" opens our eyes to what is a truly "secret history" of changes so obvious and ubiquitous that we've hardly noticed them. From the era of closed door offices to the advent of the cubicles where 60% of Americans now work (and 93% of them dislike it), "Cubed" excavates from books, movies, comic strips (Dilbert ) and a vast amount of stuff you only thought was boring the reasons why the places we do our work are the way they are--and how they might be better.

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Number of Pages: 352
Original Languages: English
Author: Saval, Nikil
Publisher: Random House Inc
ISBN-13: 9780385536578
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10: 0385536577
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