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Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations by David M. Noer

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2.4. From Synergistic to Reductionistic: Taking Apart Is Better Than Putting Together

Synergy is an old-paradigm word. Once, organizations added components, built themselves up, developed people for the long term, and a form of magic happened: two and two came out to more than four. No longer. The new paradigm is reductionistic. The shift in preference is from large to small. In human resource terms, the shift is from long-term employee development to short-term employee fit.

2.4.1. When Big Was Better

In the era after World War II, big was in. The United States had won the war by mobilizing large hierarchical organizations. What was good for General Motors truly was perceived as good for everyone. Books such as Sloan Wilson's The Man in the ...

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