No cubes: An updated look an industrial workplace and the fate of its alienated wage-earning employees

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Ralph G. O'Sullivan


This article represents an updated look at a specific workplace and its workforce that have each and reciprocally gone through a period of mercurial change. Adverse economic conditions and bottom-line profit motivations offen undermine a presumed moral commitment to employees, so the crux of this article is to discuss a company's rapid growth and equally rapid decline, paying particular attention to those cycles'effects on the organization's wage-earning employees- the ones with no cubes. Selected elements of social conflict theory, modem.accounting theory, and a variation of Merton's paradigm of adaptation to cultural materialism are used to illustrate the negative impact of economic fate on its "hidden" workers.

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