Decoding Organization: Bletchley Park, Codebreaking and by Christopher Grey

By Christopher Grey

How was once Bletchley Park made as a firm? How was once indications intelligence developed as a box? What used to be Bletchley Park's tradition and the way was once its paintings co-ordinated? Bletchley Park used to be not only the house of geniuses akin to Alan Turing, it was once additionally the office of millions of different humans, more often than not ladies, and their association was once a key part within the cracking of Enigma. hard many well known perceptions, this ebook examines the hitherto unexamined complexities of the way 10,000 humans have been introduced jointly in entire secrecy in the course of global struggle II to paintings on ciphers. not like so much organizational experiences, this booklet decodes, instead of encodes, the procedures of association and examines the constructions, cultures and the paintings itself of Bletchley Park utilizing archive and oral heritage resources. association theorists, intelligence historians and common readers alike will locate during this booklet a problem to their preconceptions of either Bletchley Park and organizational research

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Colossus’ for ‘Fish’). e. ‘de-corruption’) and translation of decrypts (including highly technical terms and abbreviations) into English. * Intelligence assessment of decrypted material and traffic analysis (indexing and cross-referencing being crucial to this process). g. ministries, field commanders). * Use in field or strategy (or not – since sometimes to have used the intelligence would have revealed its existence and thus led to the cipher being changed or abandoned). 38 i n t r o d u c t i o n The growth in personnel (even before the Enigma breaks) as these processes developed in turn meant that the mansion house at BP almost immediately became too small, and this led to a rapid growth of buildings across the site, many of which took the form of wooden huts (and, later, concrete blocks) in a process documented by Evans (2003); see also Watson (1993).

Yet the apparent solidity of ‘the organization’ is an accomplishment of a process – organizing – which occurs in time and requires a day by day, indeed minute by minute, enactment: the organization of the organization, so to speak. g. Weick, 1979, 2001; Tsoukas and Chia, 2002; Czarniawska, 2008, 2009); for an overview of literature of this type see Hernes and Weik (2007). This clearly opens up the significance of temporality12 in organization studies. Yet grasping temporality is not easy when research is conducted in a contemporary organization, whereas viewed from a historical distance it becomes easier to see how a process operates or, as one might perhaps better say, proceeds.

Thus, for example, more use is made of oral history material when writing about cultural issues; much less when considering structural and political issues which are mainly based on the archives, since the interviewees knew very little about such matters at the time they were at BP. It has rightly become standard practice within organization studies to offer some form of ‘reflexive’ account of one’s own relationship to the subject of study (Alvesson and Skoldberg, 2009). In relation to BP, this has some complexity.

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