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The Resource Cubed : a secret history of the workplace, Nikil Saval

Cubed : a secret history of the workplace, Nikil Saval

Label
Cubed : a secret history of the workplace
Title
Cubed
Title remainder
a secret history of the workplace
Statement of responsibility
Nikil Saval
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"You mean this place we go to five days a week has a history? 'Cubed' reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world's work--our work--gets done. From 'Bartleby the Scrivener' to 'The Office,' from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, 'Cubed' is a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is--and what it might become. In the mid-nineteenth century clerks worked in small, dank spaces called counting-houses. These were all-male enclaves, where work was just paperwork. Most Americans considered clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn't do real work. But the joke was on them: as the great historical shifts from agricultural to industrial economies took place, and then from industrial to information economies, the organization of the workplace evolved along with them--and the clerks took over. Offices became rationalized, designed for both greater efficiency in the accomplishments of clerical work and the enhancement of worker productivity. Women entered the office by the millions, and revolutionized the social world from within. Skyscrapers filled with office space came to tower over cities everywhere. 'Cubed' opens our eyes to what is a truly secret history of changes so obvious and ubiquitous that we've hardly noticed them. From the wood-paneled executive suite to the advent of the cubicles where 60% of Americans now work (and 93% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant future where we might work anywhere at any time (and perhaps all the time), 'Cubed' excavates from popular books, movies, comic strips ('Dilbert!'), and a vast amount of management literature and business history, the reasons why our workplaces are the way they are--and how they might be better."--Dust jacket flap
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2014
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10300513
Cataloging source
DLC
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Saval, Nikil
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Offices
  • Clerks
  • Office management
  • Office layout
  • Office buildings
  • Work environment
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a history of the office
Label
Cubed : a secret history of the workplace, Nikil Saval
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-332) and index
Contents
The clerking class -- The birth of the office -- The white-blouse revolution -- Up the skyscraper -- Organization men and women -- Open plans -- Space invaders -- The office of the future -- The office and its ends
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 352 p.
Isbn
9780385536578
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013037635
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn862041371
  • 189133
Label
Cubed : a secret history of the workplace, Nikil Saval
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-332) and index
Contents
The clerking class -- The birth of the office -- The white-blouse revolution -- Up the skyscraper -- Organization men and women -- Open plans -- Space invaders -- The office of the future -- The office and its ends
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 352 p.
Isbn
9780385536578
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013037635
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn862041371
  • 189133

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