FRIENDSHIP IS TABOO IN MODERN ORGANIZATION
by Mark Vernon
"Well, friendship plays no part in the workings of this organization," she declared emphatically. She is the managing director of a medium-sized media company and she meant that it is meritocratic. In her company, no one receives preferential treatment based on affection. Neither is it plagued by cliques or gossip. As for herself, the chief wielder of power, she rigorously enforces the Chinese walls between her work colleagues and personal friends: Never the twain shall meet.