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Speechless by Bruce Barry

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Acknowledgments

Several years ago I began to think about connecting the focus of my academic research and teaching (power, conflict, and politics in work organizations) with a central theme in my extracurricular, quasi-activist life (civil liberties and democracy in a free society). This book is an offspring of that union. My ability to put serious time and energy into this sort of unconventional subject (for a business school academic) is in no small measure a result of the welcoming and energizing climate for interdisciplinary ideas at Vanderbilt University and its Owen Graduate School of Management.

I am grateful to Vanderbilt and the Owen School, especially the school’s dean at the time, Bill Christie, for letting me arrange a research ...

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