Was it the Puritan value system that shaped America’s managerial culture, turning a few tiny colonies into the greatest economic and political power on earth? The authors of The Puritan Gift contend that the Protestant ethic – thriftiness, individualism tempered with cooperative spirit, the equation of success with divine approval – makes up the core values that led to America’s corporate success. They also argue that distancing ourselves from these values endangers our future prosperity and security. But could those values also be our downfall leading us to uncompromising self-centeredness and a lack of empathy for less fortunate members of our society?
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