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When Organizations Are Revitalized—The Energy of Earning

In a nondescript building in a commercial section of San Diego, there is a vision of the future, a merger of the baby-boomer ideals of fun and sharing with a tough-minded drive to succeed financially. Industrial Computer Source was formed by a group of people disillusioned with their former employer, a major computer company with a classic Silicon Valley culture.

The company they left is famous. Everyone wears jeans and leaves at 4 P.M. on Friday for beer. There was supposed to be profit sharing, with employees owning a large portion of the company’s stock. The company’s president was recently quoted as saying “Working here is like being self-employed.”

Although this situation sounds ...

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