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  Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century
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Passion with an Umbrella:
Grassroots Activism in the Workplace

Maureen Scully and Amy Segal

Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Task Force Working Paper #WP13

Prepared for the May 25-26, 1999, conference “Symposium on Changing Employment Relations and New Institutions of Representation”

September 1, 1999


The authors would like to thank Lotte Bailyn, Chip Hunter, Thomas Kochan, Joanne Martin, the members of the behavioral research proseminar and the industrial relations seminar at the Sloan School, and the participants in the Harvard Trade Union Program for helpful comments on previous versions of this paper. We are grateful to the FSC group (Victoria Alexander, Elaine Backman, Robin Ely, and Herminia Ibarra) for helpful guidance and insights. We thank the employees who participated in this study for telling their stories.

Alphabetical authorship reflects a fully collaborative effort. Please send comments to: Maureen Scully, MIT Sloan School of Management, 50 Memorial Drive, E52-502, Cambridge, MA, 02142 (tel: 617-253-5070; fax: 617-253-2660; email:

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