What I Learned On My ‘Secret Sabbatical’ As a Scholar-in-Residence at a Private Company

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Last fall I started my first day on the job as an embedded faculty member with a corporation—as a scholar-in-residence at Steelcase Education. Actually intern is probably the best lens through which to look at what I’ve been doing at Steelcase for the last eight months. While I was an embedded academic with the company, I played amateur anthropologist to learn all I could about corporate practices. In a great company, everybody assumes responsibility for everything.