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Description - Creating the Corporate Soul by Roland Marchand

Over the course of the 20th century the popular perception of America's giant corporations has undergone a transition. Condemned as dangerous leviathans in the century's first decades, by 1945 major corporations had become respected institutions. This book examines how large companies such as AT&T and US Steel created their own "souls" in order to reassure consumers and politicians that big business posed no threat to democracy or American values. The author traces this transformation in the culture of capitalism by offering a series of case studies of companies such as General Motors, General Electric, Metropolitan Life Insurance and Du Pont Chemicals. The imagery developed by corporations to win public approval is examined, along with the building of internal corporate culture and the image of large corporations as a "good neighbour", enveloping a complex economic relationship in the comforting aura of familiarity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520226883
ISBN-10: 0520226887
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 171mm x 20mm)
Pages: 472
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Roland Marchand

Roland Marchand (1933-1997) was Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, and authored numerous works on American cultural history.