Creating the Corporate Soul
The Rise of Public Relations and Corporate Imagery in American Big BusinesseBook - 1998
Over the course of the 20th century the popular perception of America's giant corporations has undergone a transition. Condemned as dangerous leviathans in the century's first decades, by 1945 major corporations had become respected institutions. This book examines how large companies such as AT&T and US Steel created their own souls in order to reassure consumers and politicians that big business posed no threat to democracy or American values. The author traces this transformation in the culture of capitalism by offering a series of case studies of companies such as General Motors, General Electric, Metropolitan Life Insurance and Du Pont Chemicals. The imagery developed by corporations to win public approval is examined, along with the building of internal corporate culture and the image of large corporations as a good neighbour, enveloping a complex economic relationship in the comforting aura of familiarity.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998
Characteristics: xi, 461 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
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