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vegetable beds have received plenty of publicity, but how many of their billions of consumers globally would consider the conditions in which Google employers work as a good reason for choosing their product? Probably relatively few, although in this fiercely competitive world of global capitalism, a sense of place through landscaping is seen increasingly as an essential component of corporate success, for recruiting and keeping the brightest and the best and in shaping corporate identity. I have argued in this book that the corporate gardens and parks movement originated

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Causal factors stimulating change

entrepreneurial spirit that made it seize these opportunities. It lowered its rate of corporate tax and introduced a light-touch regulatory regime. It emphasised the advantages of its common law system, its educated workforce, its geographical location and the technological infrastructures available to businesses. Irish society was no longer content to define itself in terms of an anti-materialist rural identity, or in opposition to the British. Society realised that it needed a new identity because the old one could neither be sustained From apathy to activism 99 nor

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their efforts in education. Yet women religious also addressed the practical realities of being educators. They actively sought and obtained formal training and certification, even creating Catholic teaching colleges to ensure that training could be obtained in a Catholic setting. Women religious consciously modelled themselves as professionals. Part III examined the identity of women religious on a corporate level. As a congregation grew, and especially after a congregation’s founder died, Conclusion 237 the need to maintain the spirit of the institute was

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01c-Telling Tales-001-009 23/5/12 10:33 Page 1 Introduction Fast time and workplace identity Narrative in the workplace The global financial crisis of the early twenty-first century focused attention on the processes that sustain the excesses of corporate capitalism. While academics for 40 years have debated the social effects of the new economy, only impending recession prompted widely asked questions about the longer-term costs of a financial market whose deregulated systems have allowed capital accumulation that is not tied to a base of real (i

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Introduction Introduction I world of multinationals, companies have lost a sense of place, for their physical presence is scattered across continents. Nestlé, the largest global food manufacturer, claims to have a factory in almost every country of the world. A company’s presence exists in virtual space, through a website, and via the product and corporate image, or brand. While some brands still profit by a national identity, Nestlé its ‘Swissness’ and Coca Cola a great American dream, for most brands the site of origin has become immaterial, or has been

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7 ‘Responsive’ enforcement Introduction Ireland traditionally had a culture of corporate non-compliance with the law and corporate regulations were rarely enforced. Though corporate wrongdoing was addressed by the State’s most powerful weapon of moral censure, the criminal law, and by the same agencies which addressed serious crimes, the Gardaí and the DPP, prosecutions were rare and there is no record of anyone receiving a custodial sentence for breaching the Companies Acts prior to the 1990s. The traditional system did not cope effectively with the detection

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on history, culture and tradition that were a large part of the Bank when I joined six years ago are now less important. (099, British, BoS, Corporate, male) Definitely Scottish, very deep-rooted attachments to the country. This is a very common characteristic of a provincial banking organisation. When I joined it was not a meritocracy but that has changed and I think now in general the most able people do succeed. The speed of change has accelerated since the merger and I think the identity of the bank and its linkage to Scotland while still important will reduce

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though the film was shown on television later in Canada. Stone suspected dirty work at play. The lobbying of HBO’s corporate owners, Time Warner, probably by Cuban exile groups in Miami and quite possibly also by the White House, were among Stone’s suspicions.4 The backdrop to this controversy was, after all, the launch by President Bush in March 2003 of full-​scale military operations in Iraq backed up by the president’s stated post-​9/​11 ideological conviction that everyone was either ‘with us or with the terrorists’.5 The film’s cancellation captured the mood of

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through Two Millennia (London: Harvard University Press, 1996); Elizabeth A. West, One Woman’s Journey: Mary Potter: Founder – Little Company of Mary (Richmond, Victoria, Australia: Spectrum Publications, 2000). Almost any history of a congregation or founder published after 1980 will illustrate some difficulties that the congregation or founder faced when dealing with episcopal or clerical authority. 212 Corporate identities to scripture served to reinforce her authority.7 Ellice Hopkins used her religious beliefs to create a public ministry that attempted to

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2 Towards a triangle of Black middle-class identity S ociologists are often committed to the view that identity is ‘restless, fickle and irresolute’.1 Contrastingly, the very reason that ‘race’ (and particularly ‘Blackness’) was brought into existence was to deny human difference to certain people. 2 As critical social scientists, therefore, we must walk a tightrope between appreciating that individuals are individuals while also appreciating that systems of domination often aim to homogenise people into restrictive categories. One way that sociologists

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