Jakob Krause-Jensen Flexible Firm: The Design of Culture at Bang & Olufsen
"As elegant as its subject, Denmark's Bang & Olufsen, this affably written and sharp-eyed ethnography achieves a new standard in the emerging field of the...... more
"As elegant as its subject, Denmark's Bang & Olufsen, this affably written and sharp-eyed ethnography achieves a new standard in the emerging field of the anthropology of corporate organization." * George E. Marcus, author of Writing Culture. The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography Bang & Olufsen, the famous Danish producer of high-end home electronics, is well known as an early exponent of value-based management: the idea that there should be consistency in what the organisation does, a certain continuity between what the company develops and sells, and the beliefs and practices of the employees. This study investigates how company values are communicated and the collective identity is articulated through the use of such concepts as 'culture', 'fundamental values', and 'corporate religion', as well as how employees negotiate these ideas in their daily working lives. As this book reveals, the identifi cation of values, meant to create cohesion and solidarity among employees, came to symbolise and engender a split between the staff and the other parts of the company. By examining the rise and fall of the value-based management approach, this volume offers the indispensible insight of anthropological enquiry to expose how social realities challenge conventional management strategies and therefore must be considered in the development of new management techniques. Jakob Krause-Jensen is an anthropologist and Associate Professor at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University. His research focuses on the way ethnographic methods and anthropological theory can be used to understand organizations and the life within them in critical and creative ways.
...I am english but have moved to Aarhus, where the following info is based on my own observations and people who have come to visit either myself or my expat friends.
Aarhus is located on mainland Denmark (Jutland) just under the bit that looks like a nose (yes, denmark looks a bit like a face). Aarhus has an international airport in the same way that Bristol does - it isnt big or clever, and it...
Advantages: Easy to get to from UK, cheaper and less touristic than Copenhagen Disadvantages: Expensive to use public transport to get to other cities
...extortionatally by the Swedes in the 17th century and suffered the plague as well as attacks from the Germans, it has generally stood reasonably strongly though.
Whilst Copenhagen is the city that attracts the most tourists in Denmark, its not necessary as memorable as other European capital cities but is expensive and filled with tourists, some of Denmark's smaller cities are cheaper...
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Advantages: Chilled out, safe, beautiful city Disadvantages: None
...their front room, and countless years later, despite scorn and derision, Eurovision is my most guilty of pleasures ? and my two friends share my disgrace shamelessly.
As Denmark were announced winners, we decided that come thunder, lightning or rain we three would meet again in Copenhagen for the contest in 2014. As attending Eurovision is (almost) top of our bucket lists, we felt that as the next...