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Emerging from Turbulence : Boeing and Stories of the American Workplace Today
by Leon Grunberg and Sarah Moore


Overview - The book looks at workers in three stages of their careers early career, midcareer, and retirement, sheds light on generational differences in the workplace, and addresses issues such as job training and work moving overseas. Long-time employees reminisce fondly about the family and engineering culture of Heritage Boeing and many are sad and angry about the new, financially driven ethos brought in by the McDonnell Douglas executives after the merger.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The book looks at workers in three stages of their careers early career, midcareer, and retirement, sheds light on generational differences in the workplace, and addresses issues such as job training and work moving overseas. Long-time employees reminisce fondly about the family and engineering culture of Heritage Boeing and many are sad and angry about the new, financially driven ethos brought in by the McDonnell Douglas executives after the merger. Newer, younger employees, with no direct memory of Heritage Boeing and more individualistic attitudes, accommodate themselves more easily to the new Boeing. Employees past and present talk about the exciting challenges of launching new, breakthrough airplanes such as the 777, the thrill they feel when the airplanes they produced take to the skies, and the wrong-headed decisions that plagued the disastrous early development of the 787. The narratives also reveal how workers balance work and home life, navigate changing gender relations, and strive to find meaning in this transformed workplace culture. Emerging from Turbulence takes readers inside these profound workplace changes and shows both the personal and the national impact of today's realities.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781442248540
  • ISBN-10: 1442248548
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 206
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Grunberg and Mooreprofessors of comparative sociology and psychology, respectivelypresent a sometimes insightful but slow-going second book (following Turbulence: Boeing and the State of American Workers and Managers) based on their two decades of research into Boeing's corporate culture. They emphasize changes that have occurred since 1997, when Boeing merged with another aerospace giant, McDonnell Douglas, and shifted from focusing on being a "great engineering firm" to minimizing risk, pleasing shareholders, and achieving profits. The "Boeing family" was no more; employees were told by the new president to "quit behaving like a family and become more like a team. If you don't perform, you don't stay on the team." The authors set out to chronicle this sweeping shift in one company's social contract using personal narratives from past and current employees, categorizing them by the timing and duration of their employ. Sub-categories include "No Longer Family," "I Work to Live," and "Not What I Expected." The workers'-eye-view is valuable, but the authors don't quite show that Boeing is an interesting enough case to merit a second book. (Oct.)

 
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