‘Fractured Workplace’ Chapter 3: Purposes of the organisation–beyond function to people

In 1886 the founder of the Chesapeake Dry Dock and Construction Company, Collis P. Huntington, gave what he called a ‘motto’ to his new venture: “We shall build good ships here. At a profit—if we can. At a loss—if we must, but always good ships.” To most people this is an immediately attractive statement; and it’s worth thinking about why that should be.