When I first did research on Walmart’s workplace practices in the early 2000s, I came away convinced that Walmart was the most egregiously ruthless corporation in America.However, ten years later, there is a strong challenger for this dubious distinction—Amazon Corporation.
Amazon is now a leading global seller not only of books but also of music and movie DVDs, video games, gift cards, cell phones, and magazine subscriptions.
Like Walmart itself, Amazon combines state-of-the-art CBSs with human resource practices reminiscent of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
This two-tiered stand is similar in design to the James Hargreaves Stand, which gives half the ground a uniform look.
The other two sides of the ground are much older and look out of place next to their shiny new neighbours.
The latest addition to the stadium is the attractive looking West Stand, which was opened in 2001.
Located on one side of the pitch, it is a superb three tiered affair having a row of executive boxes running across its middle, the type of which you are able to sit outside.
Within the corporate world, Amazon now ranks with Apple as among the United States’ most esteemed businesses.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, came in second in the Harvard Business Review’s 2012 world rankings of admired CEOs, and Amazon was third in CNN’s 2012 list of the world’s most admired companies.
Fulham’s former chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed, who sold the club in July 2013, was responsible for the one tacky note—the much-mocked statue of Michael Jackson.
(Jacko’s only link to the club was that he once attended a game as Al-Fayed’s guest.) When criticised by fans for erecting the memorial, Al-Fayed’s response was: “They can go to hell.” Capacity: 25,700.
With this twenty-first-century Taylorism, management experts, take the basic workplace tasks at Amazon, such as the movement, shelving, and packaging of goods, and break down these tasks into their subtasks, usually measured in seconds; then rely on time and motion studies to find the fastest way to perform each subtask; and then reassemble the subtasks and make this “one best way” the process that employees must follow.