The Culture of the New Capitalism - by Richard Sennett[Reading report] by Elodie Payre


The author was part of the "Alternative Management" third year program in HEC Paris in 2007/2008.

The Culture of the new capitalism, written by Richard Sennett, aims at providing the reader with an overall view of the American sociologist's research works and writings. This essay describes the transformations that have affected the world since the 1970's (globalisation, the shareholders' takeover in companies, the development of the new information and communication technologies) and the impact of these transformations on firms, work, consuming behaviours and the public life. Thus the reappraisal of the bureaucratic organisation has led to the advent of the flexible organisation, a new model which highly values change and potential. But, contrary to the New Left's past expectations, it seems that the collapse of the “iron cage” has not enabled to liberate individuals

Quote article  Elodie Payre, « The Culture of the New Capitalism - by Richard Sennett », 23 march 2008, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]

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