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By: Frances Marian Ryder

An Ethnographic Study into the Social Organisation of a Small Medium Enterprise a Snapshot from 1983 to 2009

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Because of their uniqueness, there cannot ever be enough literature on the organisational life of the Small-Medium Enterprise and its employees, wherever their location and whoever they serve. These legal entities contain an extensive array of social interactions as people form teams, work groups and relationships with others, within the confines of the operational environment and their own personal experience of everyday working life.

This book is about one such limited company and one individual who helped to form the SME which remained commercially successful in the engineering sector for over 30 years.

The working life of the employees in the SME were researched using an ethnographic approach to frame the social and working interactions into Ceremonial Rites. These rites have already been successfully researched by others and the book adds to that body of work.

In the book some rites repeat in a similar manner as has already been discovered. The more modern-day organisations may be able to recognise similar emerging or continuing patterns themselves that were found within the results of the study. Other students now have the opportunity to update and extend this work further in their own qualitative research on Small-Medium Enterprises or Organisational Life.

Frances Ryder was employed as a company director and worked in the engineering sector for over thirty years, mostly responsible for the statutory reporting and compliance requirement of a limited company. She is also a person-centred counsellor (Rogerian Theory) and has a Master of Arts in human relations.

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