This article examines the post-modern cultural prerequisites to the success of the ‘soft’ human resource (socio-technical) model of organization of the third type. Three theorists of the informationalized economy (Lipovetsky, Castells and Leonard-Barton) are examined to clarify the concept of organization of the third type. Then, via an ethnographic ‘case’ of organizing in the Netherlands, the relationship between these ideas and the nature of embedded practice is explored.

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Human Resource Development International
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University

Letiche, H. (1998). HRD in the networked organization: A dutch case analysis. Human Resource Development International, 1(1), 57–74. doi:10.1080/13678869800000008