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Charismatic Capitalism

Charismatic Capitalism
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  • ISBN-13: 9780226047850
  • ISBN: 0226047857
  • Publisher: Ucp

AUTHOR

Biggart, Nicole W.

SUMMARY

Tupperware Home Parties, Shaklee Corporation, Amway, Mary Kay Cosmetics--theirs is an approach to business that violates many of the basic tenets of modern American commerce. Yet these direct selling organizations, fashioned by charismatic leaders and built upon devoted armies of door-to-door representatives, have grown to constitute an $8.5 billion a year industry and provide a livelihood for more than 5 million workers, the vast majority of them women. The first full-scale study of this industry, Charismatic Capitalism, revises the standard contention that the rationalization of social institutions is an inevitable consequence of advanced capitalism. Nicole Woolsey Biggart argues instead that less rational organizations built on social networks may actually be more economically viable.Biggart, Nicole W. is the author of 'Charismatic Capitalism' with ISBN 9780226047850 and ISBN 0226047857.

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