chapter  14
Who's Got the Norm?: Community and the New Work Order
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Modern institutions differ from preceding forms of social order in their dynamism, their undercutting of traditional habits and customs, and their global impact (Giddens, 1991). In the workplace, the “new” enterprise culture imposes sets of attributes, values, and behaviors that enable people to succeed in difficult undertakings. A company’s employees are expected to share a common vision and to work toward common goals so that their company can thrive in a competitive world (Cameron, 2000). For Wenger (1998), there is a mutual engagement in institutions that bind members together into a social entity, and members also develop a shared repertoire of communal resources over time.