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The purpose of this article is to do a critical postmodern reading of the century-and-a-half empowerment-disempowerment debate. The authors review parallels between turn-of-the-century positions of both the 19th and 20th centuries. Contemporary work on empowerment and disempowerment shows a...
This article examines the ideological and philosophical antecedents of current popular management approaches that advocate empowerment through teamwork. These approaches frequently assume that a predisposition toward teamwork is an uncontested historical fact. The author argues that this invokes...
This article situates workplace empowerment within the broader principle of inclusion and offers a historical analysis of the discourse of difference in America since the 1930s with a view to developing a deeper understanding of the dynamics of empowerment in the American workplace. The article...
This article presents a historical perspective on empowerment through an exposition of the writings of Ordway Tead (1891-1961) and early-20th-century debates as to the relationship between capitalism and democracy and specifically the balance of power among workers, managers, and owners. The...
The authors begin by showing the close links between the discourse of workplace empowerment and spirituality. They then identify these spiritual influences historically in Puritan and evangelical Christianity, utopianism, and New Age thinking. From Puritanism and evangelical Christianity, they...
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