EXCELLENT COMPANIES AS SOCIAL MOVEMENTS[1]

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    Thanks to C. J. Lammers (University of Leiden), who stimulated me to make an English and updated draft of a Dutch original. Thanks also to G. Hofstede (IRIC and University of Limburg) and H. Schreuder (University of Limburg) for their encouraging comments and to Mr. and Mrs. A. Sutton for improving my English.

Address for reprints: Dr J. L. Soeters, FdEW, University of Limburg, P.O. Box 616, NL - 6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands.

ABSTRACT

In this article a theoretical reconstruction is given of parts of the content of In Search of Excellence (Peters and Waterman, 1982). It evolves that the internal dynamics of excellent companies are very similar to those of social movements. Two recent discussion points, with regard to the decline and to the ethical dimension of excellent companies, can be better understood using this analogy. Furthermore, it provides us with avenues for further research.

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