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Organizational Enigma

Posted on 02/10/2012

Chris Grey, Professor of Organizational Studies within the School of Management has recently published a book as part of Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship entitled Decoding Organization: Bletchley Park, Codebreaking and Organization Studies which explores how Bletchley Park was made as an organisation. Bletchley Park is an estate located in Buckinghamshire, which currently houses the National Codes Centre and the National Museum of Computing. During the Second World War Bletchley Park was the site of the United Kingdom's main decryption establishment, the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), where ciphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted, most importantly the ciphers generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines.

Challenging many popular perceptions, his book examines the complexities of how  from 1939 to1944 10,000 men and women were brought together in complete secrecy and yet worked as a team. Chris looks into the work culture and the organisation and asks questions such as; How was Bletchley Park made as an organization? How was signals intelligence constructed as a field? What was Bletchley Park's culture and how was its work co-ordinated?


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