Looking for a good book on "corporate culture"

Subject: Looking for a good book on "corporate culture"
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: CEL <copyediting-l -at- listserv -dot- indiana -dot- edu>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2005 09:25:27 -0500

As part of the research for a book I'm writing, I'd like to supplement my own knowledge of the workplace with the opinions of other authors on the important aspects of corporate culture that the astute editor, writer, or technical writer must learn in order to survive and possibly even thrive in the modern workplace.

The sort of stuff I'm looking for includes both the broad-brushstroke stuff, such as how to learn the pecking order, discover who the powerful/helpful/dangerous players are, and decide who to court as a friend and ally. I'm also looking for the surprising and very specific details that are important. For example, anyone who's ever worked in a bush camp deep in the woods soon learns that the camp cook is the most important person to befriend. (No, really. Fortunately, they're often the most interesting people in the camp.)

Preliminary research turned up "The corporate culture survival guide" (Schein). Does anyone have an opinion on this book, or suggestions for other, similar books that provide keen insights into the cultural anthropology of the workplace?

Thanks!

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Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)
www.geoff-hart.com
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