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Author Michaelson, Christopher, author

Title The whitewashing scene, from The adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain / Christopher Michaelson
Published London : SAGE Publications: SAGE Business Cases Originals, 2019
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Series SAGE Knowledge. Cases
SAGE Knowledge. Cases
Summary This funny and familiar vignette from a literary classic is also a lesson in work motivation and the meaning of work for anyone who has ever dreaded work. It is particularly relevant for students and scholars studying management and ethics who may now or in the future be responsible for managing the work of others. Tom Sawyer has been sentenced by his Aunt Polly to a Saturday of "hard labor" for misbehavior. His project is to paint perhaps the most famous fence in American literature, a prospect that to him renders "existence but a burden." Tom's ingenious solution to his task is to recast work as play, recruiting other children of the neighborhood to pay him for the privilege of painting while Tom manages their production. In a few hours, the fence has three coats of paint, and Tom has a pocketful of toys and a philosophy of work: "Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and ... Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Sawyer, Tom (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Selections
Business ethics -- Case studies.
Employee motivation -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526466147
9781526466143 (ebook)