This paper will be discussing the relationship between the performative nature of contemporary culture and new workplace architectural forms. The first half would be exploring and illustrating what is the nature of our contemporary culture now and the second half would be about how it could further link it to the new workplace architectural forms nowadays.
In the 21st century, while technology is rapidly developed, everything become faster as the Internet has accelerated everything, and so as our economy. It is “the time when the emergency become the rule.” (Thrift, 2000) According to Thrift, the contemporary management is “an attempt to engineer new kinds of ‘fast ‘subject positions which can cope with the disciplines of permanent emergency. And even the society’s ideal human subject constituted by management today is ‘the one who never stands still’. (Thrift, 2000) It gives the sense that one has to go further and faster.
From Collin’s paper, “Built to Flip”, it is questioned that the companies nowadays built to ‘flip’ instead of ‘built to last’. Indeed, this article shows the significance of the overwhelming phenomenon of fast-moving companies in the contemporary culture, and it is believed that the creative drive behind has transformed our economy, which is known as the ‘new economy’. (Collins, 2000)
So what exactly is ‘new economy’? It is suggested in Thrift’s paper that the ‘new economy’ is a cultural process characterized by speed. Speed is a crucial term here as it changes everything from values, products, services and even the managerial style of managers. It is suggested that the value of every object nowadays is different from the past. Value has been re-conceptualised as always requiring an addition (i.e. added value). Every product or services are to be displayed as extraordinary, and hence bring out the idea of ‘fast subjects’. It is difficult to define what exactly are ‘fast subjects’, but according to Thrift, ‘fast subjects’ are formed through performance and performativity. Everything changes in terms of style and spectacle. It is also suggested that no object stands for its pure functionality alone, for instance, a phone is no longer only a ‘phone’, but also a camera, a music player, app and web browser etc. (Thrift, 2000)
In this fast-paced world, it is to be assumed that everything can go faster, further and better. Not only there is an idealized image of the human subject, but also with an idealized image of the world. It is assumed that everyone can do better, work further, like they have unlimited potential. Looking at the case of Moritz’s Erhardt’s death, which he died from epileptic seizure, due to working 72 hours in a row, we could see that managerialism has gradually succeeded in turning work as a form of self-empowerment, self-expression and self-realisation. Like Moritz, he did not work continuously because he was forced to, but because he felt like to, as he felt self-empowered and self-motivated. (Costea et. Al, 2014) This case could be related to the first part of Thrift’s ‘Performing Cultures in the New Economy’ as it has been stated that the pressures that face by contemporary managers has began to rise, and it seems to be having a great relationship with ‘fast subjects’. (Thrift, 2000)
As what we now see is a great emphasis is being put on fostering the powers of creativity and innovation, creativity has become very valuable itself. As Muoio said, ‘you’re only as good as your last great idea.’ (Muioi, 2000) It is also assumed that everything will always function optimally. In general, the new central value of contemporary culture can be concluded by a word – more (i.e. excess). Not only products and services are expected to get faster or better, but also managers. They are required to become ‘change agents’ able, through acquiring new skills.
First of all, the forcing ground of the ‘new’ managers nowadays are said to be time. One of the increasing attentions given to...
A LIFE SITUATION
Peter has been HR Manager for 18years and vice president for 2 more years for Zyedego Corporation, a small company in New Orleans.
After hurricane Katrina employees had been working round the clock to get the company up and running
The company has been calling former employees to rehire them
Gwyn the current manger is planning to rehire Dana Gonzales but she’s pregnant. He is concerned for her safety coz of the rough condition of theworkplace. Incase Dana is rehired Gwyn feels that her wages should be reduced by 25% - coz the entire group has exceeded their budget.
But Dana says that if she’s not rehired she’ll go to a competitor and the company should pay her severance of 2 weeks wages
Gwyn is also concerned that Dana may not be a full US citizen coz her documents appeated to be fake. The flood destroyed the original documents and although Gwyn has requested new ones Dana has been slow to provide them.
Hiring of track drivers
The company hires track drivers and routinely request for driving records as part of the pre employment process. Several have DWI (Driving under the Influence) records though all of them happened 5 years ago.
Gwyn has been hiring drivers with infractions including DWI to serve the number of drivers needed.
She wonders whether she is creating a potential risk for the company if any of them is involved in an accident that relates to a potential violation
Peter feels Gwyn...
...give learners an understanding of individual and group behaviour in organisations and to examine current theories and their application in managing behaviour in the workplace. Areas of Learning
1 Understand the relationshipbetween organisational structure and culture
Types of organisation and associated structures, organisational culture, Diagnosing behavioral problems, perception, significance and of individual difference, Individual behaviour at work
2 Understand different approaches to management and leadership
Development of management thought, functions of management, managerial roles, nature of managerial authority, Frames of reference for leadership activities
3 Understand ways of using motivational theories in organisations
Motivation theories, motivation and performance, leadership, Leadership and successful change in organizations
4 Understand mechanisms for developing effective teamwork in organisations
Teams and team building, team dynamics, Impact of technology on team functioning:
BTEC HND in Business/ Organisation and Behaviour/Sept12
BTEC HND in Business/ Organisation and Behaviour/Sept12
UNIT INTRODUCTION This unit focuses on the behaviour of individuals and groups within organisations. It explores the links between the structure and culture of organisations and how these interact and...
18 September 2014
Relationshipbetween Humans and Nature
The relationshipbetween humans and nature is an important topic in which many people contribute ideas to and have done studies on. It is important for people to see that nature is a necessity and that we are responsible for protecting it. In essays and an article, John Steinbeck, Lynn White, Peter Kahn, Rachel Severson, and Jolina Ruckert discuss their beliefs and information they have found to be true about humans and nature living together.
In the article "Americans and the Land", John Steinbeck talks about the American settlers' impact on the land. He states that the relationshipbetween humans and nature used to be one of settlers living with or against nature, but has over time come to humans living on or from the land. Steinbeck writes his feelings of humans being very irresponsible in their use of land back in a time when they thought there was an abundance of resources. He writes that people "burned the forests and changed the rainfall; they swept the buffalo from the plains, blasted the streams, set fire to the grass" (Steinbeck). During the time of the Indians, humans attacked and defended themselves without giving thought to the damage they were causing to their environment around them. To go...
...The relationshipbetween human and nature
After reading the article in our text book Is weather getting worse, I learn that despite of the increased disasters brought about by bad weather, scientists are hesitant to say the weather is getting worse for lack of strong data to prove the statement. As harsh weather happens infrequently, it is difficult for scientists to come up with enough scientifically sound statistics. Besides, even if they had good numbers, the present computer resolution is still too coarse to be able to make definite predictions. Although the hypothesis that global warming is to blame for harsh weather arouses wide attention among scientists, no one can provide enough evidence to prove it. El Niňo is the periodic warming of the equatorial Pacific that induces storms and other climatic events, historically occurs once every three or seven years and lasts for up to two years. It can cause storms, floods, droughts, and secondary effects like fires.
I also referred to some other articles about human and nature, one of which is called The Role of Animal-derived Remedies as Complementary Medicine in Brazil. In this article, they report on the use of 283 medicinal animal species in Brazil, 96% of which are wild caught and 27% of which are on one or more lists of endangered species. Further population declines may limit users’access to these bioresources and diminish the knowledge base upon which...
...The Relationshipbetween Man and Nature
People valued passenger pigeons and were a part of many aspects of human life and culture. Passenger pigeons populations were estimated at five billion individuals in North America during the 19th century. People ate their fatty meat, they used the feathers of passenger pigeons to stuff pillows and mattresses, people also hunted them for sport. In the end though, the last passenger pigeon in existence died at the Cincinnati Zoo in the spring of 1914. There used to be flocks of passenger pigeons that were a mile wide and up to 300 miles long, flocks so dense that they darkened the sky for many hours or even days. But, now people don’t miss them anymore, nobody except for the occasional history buff. People have learned to live without the passenger pigeon. People have destroyed the passenger pigeon and eliminated its benefits even though we didn’t have to. We made it impossible to use or see the beauty of the passenger pigeon ever again.
For the past 200 years people have consumed to extinction millions of organisms like the passenger pigeon. The extinction of life harms us and yet we cause it to happen. We’re chipping away at our own biological survival for sport and short-sighted corporate profiteering. The fact is the way that humans have decided to be connected to the natural world by destroying other organisms and harming ourselves is irrational. To save ourselves we...
...Art and Culture
No one ever asked the question, "Do all people have culture?" until the end of the 19th century. E.B. Tyler, world famous anthropologist from Oxford University in England, discussed the culture of primitive people. Before the writing of his book, Primitive Culture, never before had culture been associated with people from outside of the west. It was common knowledge back before E.B. decided to write his book that one needed an education in order to be considered to have a culture. Instead, new definitions on the details of culture began to develop. Now, people started to express that culture is the actions one chooses to define their character. Thus, however one chose to live their life was their "newculture." On top of this, not only is it how they live their lives, but it is the mental capacity with which they do it. What could be a better definition of culture than, the meanings and values that people contain with which they decide to move their lives?
In order for culture to survive a man, family, or generation, tradition and language become an integral part to its longevity. And by language, I do not just mean the verbal articulation of men and women as means to communicate. Instead, I am talking about all means of communication; music, architecture, poetry, sculpture,...
A Damage Culture: A New Philippines?
The article was all about the condition of the Philippines way back in 1987 after dethroning Ferdinand Marcos by Corazon Coquangco Aquino. But I could say that the description of the writer is strongly evident until now.
The article revolved around how the damage culture affects Filipino lives. The writer had made good points in chunking the details. It has three main topics/ideas namely as: The Post Kleptocratic Economy, The Meaning of the Smokey Mountain and lastly The War of Every Man Against Every Man.
Let’s discuss these ideas on how it was represented by the writer, first the Post Kleptocratic Economy. Kleptocratic means a form of political and government corruption. During this time there were two foreign economists said that the Philippines is not good for manufacturing, agriculture, service and other industries and resources investment due to some problems. Smokey Mountain for us is a place where a mountain of garbage is located but for the people who lived here it’s like a paradise in where they earn their living. The people there were from Visayas looking their fortune in the urban place. It’s ok for them to live there because they were near from the city and malls. And lastly The War of Every Man Against Every Man a challenge for us how to restore our culture damage and not to pin point who was the reason why we are...
Discuss the influence of culture on romantic relationships.
Within the world there is no relationship that is the same, there are many different experiences
and these experiences are vastly different for each culture. The western culture (Europe or USA)
is very different when compared with the non-western cultures (India or China). The main
different betweenRelationships in Western and non-Western cultures is the in the degree to
which they are voluntary or non-voluntary.
Western cultures place importance in the rights and freedom of an individual, Individual pleasure
and happiness are important so individualistic cultures have a focus on the individual, meaning
that relationships are based on freedom of choice. On the other hand non-western cultures have a
clear focus on the wider group, group goals and interests are more important than their own
individual views. In Western cultures people live in mainly urban settings and voluntarily
interact with a number of people, they therefore have a big choice in who we date, there is a
large “pool” of potential relationships however In non western cultures there are less urban areas
And less social mobility making interaction with strangers is rare. This means they have less
choice in who they can...