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The Americanization of the Antimanagerialist Alternative in Israel: How Foreign Experts Retheorized and Disarmed Workers' Participation in Management, 1950-1970

Michal Frenkel
International Studies of Management & Organization
Vol. 38, No. 4, The Transfer of Management Knowledge to Peripheral Countries (Winter, 2008/2009), pp. 17-37
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40397741
Page Count: 21
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The Americanization of the Antimanagerialist Alternative in Israel: How Foreign Experts Retheorized and Disarmed Workers' Participation in Management, 1950-1970
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Abstract

Grounded in a historical analysis of the processes of managerialization in Israel between the 1950s and the 1970s, this paper explores the ways in which well-integrated U.S. experts, in collaboration with their Israeli counterparts, retheorized and disarmed the well-institutionalized and antimanagerialist Israeli version of workers' participation in management. It demonstrates how through the bricolage of the radical local alternative with the U.S.-originated promanagerialist version of workers' participation in management, foreign intervention opened the way for the formerly unwelcome professionalization of corporate control in the country. In so doing, the importance of translation and theorizing are stressed as mechanisms of reproduction of geopolitical domination of the world system center over the periphery.

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