San Rafael: Abstract
This case documents the evolution of the relations between a Company, the San Rafael Company and a locale over one century. It particularly examines the processes of changing relations when a manufacturing firm – a prototype of modernity, with its sheer large size, rational production methods and organization of labour – meets a rural agricultural community that relies on subsistence agriculture and traditional social structures. The case traces the emergence and evolution of relations between the firm and the local community over three distinct eras:
- The master-servant paternalistic configuration (1893-1936)
- The corporatist paternalistic configuration (1936-1970)
- The brittle paternalistic configuration (1970-1991)
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