Corporate Culture and Performance

Corporate Culture and Performance

At the heart of this groundbreaking book, Kotter and Heskett describe how executives in ten corporations established new visions, aligned and motivated their managers to provide leadership to serve their customers, employees, and ...

Author: John P. Kotter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439107602

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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Going far beyond previous empirical work, John Kotter and James Heskett provide the first comprehensive critical analysis of how the "culture" of a corporation powerfully influences its economic performance, for better or for worse. Through painstaking research at such firms as Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, ICI, Nissan, and First Chicago, as well as a quantitative study of the relationship between culture and performance in more than 200 companies, the authors describe how shared values and unwritten rules can profoundly enhance economic success or, conversely, lead to failure to adapt to changing markets and environments. With penetrating insight, Kotter and Heskett trace the roots of both healthy and unhealthy cultures, demonstrating how easily the latter emerge, especially in firms which have experienced much past success. Challenging the widely held belief that "strong" corporate cultures create excellent business performance, Kotter and Heskett show that while many shared values and institutionalized practices can promote good performances in some instances, those cultures can also be characterized by arrogance, inward focus, and bureaucracy -- features that undermine an organization's ability to adapt to change. They also show that even "contextually or strategically appropriate" cultures -- ones that fit a firm's strategy and business context -- will not promote excellent performance over long periods of time unless they facilitate the adoption of strategies and practices that continuously respond to changing markets and new competitive environments. Fundamental to the process of reversing unhealthy cultures and making them more adaptive, the authors assert, is effective leadership. At the heart of this groundbreaking book, Kotter and Heskett describe how executives in ten corporations established new visions, aligned and motivated their managers to provide leadership to serve their customers, employees, and stockholders, and thus created more externally focused and responsive cultures.
Categories: Business & Economics

Shakespeare and the Cultures of Performance

Shakespeare and the Cultures of Performance

Using the tools of theatre history in their investigation into the phenomenology of the performance experience, the essays here also consider the social, ideological and institutional contingencies that determine the production and ...

Author: Paul Edward Yachnin

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754655857

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

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Using the tools of theatre history in their investigation into the phenomenology of the performance experience, the essays here also consider the social, ideological and institutional contingencies that determine the production and reception of the living spectacle. The contributors strive to bring better understanding to Shakespeare's imaginative investment in the relationship between theatrical production and the emotional, intellectual and cultural effects of performance broadly defined in social terms.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Organizational Culture and Performance

Organizational Culture and Performance

The book is designed for practising managers, who should be interested in applying management theories for enhancing the performance of their enterprises and improving employee satisfaction.

Author: R.K.Dwivedi

Publisher: M.D. Publications Pvt. Ltd.

ISBN: 818588059X

Category: Organization

Page: 330

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The book is designed for practising managers, who should be interested in applying management theories for enhancing the performance of their enterprises and improving employee satisfaction. The design of the book will also be very useful for all researchers engaged in different Management and Behavioural Science research, as a guideline in the formulation of problems, collection and analysis of data, interpretation of findings and report writing.
Categories: Organization

Healthcare Performance and Organisational Culture

Healthcare Performance and Organisational Culture

Aimed at healthcare managers and clinicians with management responsibilties, policy makers and healthcare academics, this book examines the evidence for relationships between organizational culture and performance, with practical tools to ...

Author: Tim Scott

Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing

ISBN: 1857759141

Category: Corporate culture

Page: 151

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Aimed at healthcare managers and clinicians with management responsibilties, policy makers and healthcare academics, this book examines the evidence for relationships between organizational culture and performance, with practical tools to measure these factors.
Categories: Corporate culture

Culture and Performance

Culture and Performance

Drawing on thinkers such as Foucault, Butler, Levinas, Arendt and Deleuze, 'Culture and Performance' explores the development and direction of the notion of performativity in feminist theory.

Author: Vikki Bell

Publisher: Berg Publishers

ISBN: 9781845201043

Category: Philosophy

Page: 149

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Drawing on thinkers such as Foucault, Butler, Levinas, Arendt and Deleuze, 'Culture and Performance' explores the development and direction of the notion of performativity in feminist theory. It interogates the idea of subjectivity, the possibility of ethics and how such abstract questions relate to the world of political action.
Categories: Philosophy

The Future of Ritual

The Future of Ritual

In The Future of Ritual, Richard Schechner explores the nature of ritualised behaviour and its relationship to performance and politics.

Author: Richard Schechner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134946921

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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In The Future of Ritual, Richard Schechner explores the nature of ritualised behaviour and its relationship to performance and politics. A brilliant and uncontainable examination of cultural expression and communal action, The Future of Ritual asks pertinent questions about art, theatre and the changing meaning of 'culture' in today's intercultural world. An exciting new work by the author of Performance Theory.
Categories: Performing Arts

Cultural Performance

Cultural Performance

This engaging book introduces the burgeoning and interdisciplinary field of cultural performance, offering ethnographic approaches to performance as well as looking at the aesthetics of experience and performance theory.

Author: Kevin Landis

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137603951

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 239

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This engaging book introduces the burgeoning and interdisciplinary field of cultural performance, offering ethnographic approaches to performance as well as looking at the aesthetics of experience and performance theory. Featuring case studies from a rich cross-section of academics, chapters explore performances from regions as far flung as Bhutan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand and the USA. With cultural performances as varied as Catholic rituals, Maori ceremonies, Monster Truck rallies, musicals, theatre and singing performances, this fascinating text compares performance as art and performance as cultural expression. Ideal for students of performance or ethnography, this unique collection presents a clear framework for studying the themes, methodologies and developments of cultural performance.“/p> Kevin Landis is Associate Professor of Theatre in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA. Suzanne MacAulay is Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA.
Categories: Performing Arts

Acting Naturally

Acting Naturally

This work is sure to play a significant role in the reinvention of Mark Twain for the New American Studies.

Author: Randall K. Knoper

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520086198

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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"Clarifies why understanding Mark Twain's writing is essential to understanding enduring patterns and problems in American culture. Conversely, it compellingly illustrates why one does not fully understand Mark Twain's work unless one has some understanding of America's preoccupation with performance, conspicuous display, and the mental sciences."--Howard Horwitz, author of "By the Law of Nature: Form and Value in Nineteenth-Century America" "In place of the strictly literary frame of reference that has previously organized the Twain canon, Knoper productively focuses on the spectrum of theatrical attitudes whereby Twain reconfigured his culture's race and gender hierarchies into the power to construct social realities differently. This work is sure to play a significant role in the reinvention of Mark Twain for the New American Studies."--Donald E. Pease, editor of "Revisionary Interventions into the Americanist Canon" "Knoper takes up quintessential aspects of Twain's writings, mind, and career. . . . [He] is brilliant in enunciating clearly and coherently ideas and attitudes that Twain either held confusedly or intimated almost unintentionally."--Louis J. Budd, author of "Our Mark Twain"
Categories: Literary Criticism

Gender Culture and Performance

Gender  Culture  and Performance

This book presents a lucid, comprehensive, and entertaining narrative of culture and society in late 19th- and early 20th-century Maharashtra through a perceptive study of its theatre and cinema.

Author: Meera Kosambi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351565905

Category: Social Science

Page: 412

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This book presents a lucid, comprehensive, and entertaining narrative of culture and society in late 19th- and early 20th-century Maharashtra through a perceptive study of its theatre and cinema. An intellectual tour de force, it will be invaluable to scholars and researchers of modern Indian history, theatre and film studies, cultural studies, sociology, gender studies as well as the interested general reader.
Categories: Social Science

Cultures for Performance in Health Care

Cultures for Performance in Health Care

However, as this book shows, improvements in performance are intrinsically linked to cultural changes within health care settings.

Author: Mannion

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335226320

Category: Medical

Page: 319

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Recent legislation in the United Kingdom has led to significant reforms within the health care system. Clinical quality, safety and performance have been the focus for improvement alongside systematic changes involving decision-making power being devolved to patients and frontline staff. However, as this book shows, improvements in performance are intrinsically linked to cultural changes within health care settings.
Categories: Medical

The Culture Cycle

The Culture Cycle

This is a must read. Jane Ramsey, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Limited Brands, Inc. Forget the squishy fluff; this book is hardcore, rooted in the numbers that drive margin.

Author: James Heskett

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 9780132779784

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 372

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The contribution of culture to organizational performance is substantial and quantifiable. In The Culture Cycle, renowned thought leader James Heskett demonstrates how an effective culture can account for 20-30% of the differential in performance compared with "culturally unremarkable" competitors. Drawing on decades of field research and dozens of case studies, Heskett introduces a powerful conceptual framework for managing culture, and shows it at work in a real-world setting. Heskett's "culture cycle" identifies cause-and-effect relationships that are crucial to shaping effective cultures, and demonstrates how to calculate culture's economic value through "Four Rs": referrals, retention, returns to labor, and relationships. This book: Explains how culture evolves, can be shaped and sustained, and serve as the organization's "internal brand." Shows how culture can promote innovation and survival in tough times. Guides leaders in linking culture to strategy and managing forces that challenge it. Shows how to credibly quantify culture's impact on performance, productivity, and profits. Clarifies culture's unique role in mission-driven organizations. A follow-up to the classic Corporate Culture and Performance (authored by Heskett and John Kotter), this is the next indispensable book on organizational culture. "Heskett (emer., Harvard Business School) provides an exhaustive examination of corporate policies, practices, and behaviors in organizations." Summing Up: Recommended. Reprinted with permission from CHOICE, copyright by the American Library Association.
Categories: Business & Economics

Performance and Culture in Plato s Laws

Performance and Culture in Plato s Laws

This volume illuminates one underexplored aspect of Plato's Laws: its uniquely rich discussion of cultural matters.

Author: Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107016873

Category: Art

Page: 460

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This volume illuminates one underexplored aspect of Plato's Laws: its uniquely rich discussion of cultural matters. This requires the contributions of scholars whose expertise resides beyond the boundaries of pure philosophical inquiry, spanning art theory and criticism, social anthropology, and comparative literature.
Categories: Art

Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City

Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City

Bailey reconstructs the texture & meaning of popular pleasure in the Victorian entertainment industry and seeks to provide a study of the pub, music-hall, theatre and comic newspaper.

Author: Peter Bailey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521543487

Category: Drama

Page: 272

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Lively and innovative, these well-illustrated essays on the making of the Victorian entertainment industry get inside the popular experience of the pub, music-hall, theater and comic press. In this new leisure world, audiences learned how to be performers themselves, adopting roles and styles appropriate to the unsettling dynamics of the modern city. A major advance in understanding how popular culture actually works, this is a model of the successful integration of the theory and practice of social history and cultural studies.
Categories: Drama

Music and Performance Culture in Nineteenth Century Britain

Music and Performance Culture in Nineteenth Century Britain

Music and Performance Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Temperley is the first book to focus upon aspects of performance in the broader context of nineteenth-century British musical culture.

Author: Professor Bennett Zon

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409495536

Category: Music

Page: 364

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Music and Performance Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Temperley is the first book to focus upon aspects of performance in the broader context of nineteenth-century British musical culture. In four Parts, 'Musical Cultures', 'Societies', 'National Music' and 'Methods', this volume assesses the role music performance plays in articulating significant trends and currents of the cultural life of the period and includes articles on performance and individual instruments; orchestral and choral ensembles; church and synagogue music; music societies; cantatas; vocal albums; the middle-class salon, conducting; church music; and piano pedagogy. An introduction explores Temperley's vast contribution to musicology, highlighting his seminal importance in creating the field of nineteenth-century British music studies, and a bibliography provides an up-to-date list of his publications, including books and monographs, book chapters, journal articles, editions, reviews, critical editions, arrangements and compositions. Fittingly devoted to a significant element in Temperley's research, this book provides scholars of all nineteenth-century musical topics the opportunity to explore the richness of Britain's musical history.
Categories: Music

Work Culture Organizational Performance and Business Success

Work Culture  Organizational Performance  and Business Success

Focuses on how employee measurement programs can be used to evaluate the link between work culture and business success, and provides methods to make measurement programs most effective.

Author: Thomas Rollins

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: 1567201229

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 262

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Focuses on how employee measurement programs can be used to evaluate the link between work culture and business success, and provides methods to make measurement programs most effective.
Categories: Business & Economics

Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy

Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy

This 1999 book discusses the ways performance is central to the practice and ideology of Athenian democracy.

Author: Goldhill Simon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521642477

Category: History

Page: 417

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This 1999 book discusses the ways performance is central to the practice and ideology of Athenian democracy.
Categories: History

Playing Culture

Playing Culture

In this volume, thirteen scholars contribute to illuminate the significance and possibilities of playing within the framework of theatrical events.

Author: Vicki Ann Cremona

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789401210393

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 291

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Playing Culture represents one of the corner stones in the model of the Theatrical Event, as developed by the Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). In this volume, thirteen scholars contribute to illuminate the significance and possibilities of playing within the framework of theatrical events. Playing is understood as an essential part of theatrical communication, from acting on stage to events far from theatre buildings. The playfulness characterizing academic traditions sets the tone in the introduction, illustrating the four sections of the book: Theories, Expansions, Politics and Conventions. The theoretical chapters depart from the classical Homo Ludens and offer a number of new perspectives on what play and playing implies in today’s mediatized culture. The contributions to the second section on extensions, deal with playing in non-theatrical circumstances such as market places, passports and stock holders’ meetings. The third section on the politics of playing focuses on wood-chopping women, saints and youngsters in South African townships – all demonstrating their social and political ambitions and purposes. The last section returns to the stage on which performers intend to represent, respectively, themselves, Bunraku puppets or the audience. Playing appears in many forms and in many places and constitutes a basic principle of theatre and performance. This book touches upon important theoretical implications of playing and offers a wide range of historical and contemporary examples. Playing Culture – Conventions and Extensions of Performance is the third book of the IFTR Working Group on The Theatrical Event. The first volume, entitled Theatrical Events – Borders Dynamics Frames was published in 2004, followed by Festivalising! Theatrical Events, Politics and Culture in 2007. The present volume continues to expand the vision of the Theatrical Event as a theory and model for the study of playing, theatre, performance and mediated events.
Categories: Performing Arts