Life in Temporary and Scattered Work Practices
Edited by Torben Elgaard Jensen and Ann Westenholz
4. Temporary stars – the rise and fall of a talent agency Lars Strannegård and Ola Bergström Founded by a leading HR strategy, search and selection firm and a European venture catalyst company, Execency is set to become the European leader in a new top segment of the booming war for talent market by establishing a supreme free agent network with highly experienced and documented top managers, offering execution power to growth and change projects. Execency – The Executive Agency, will act as an agent for business stars. What in many years has been available only for sport and entertainment stars is now available also for business stars. Execency is an agency for business impact people, who want to combine a challenging and well-rewarded career, with the flexibility and nice lifestyle in a free agent role. (Execency Business Idea, 20 October 2000) This chapter tells the story of an ‘agent for business stars’, which we shall call Execency, founded in the year 2000 and dissolved as an individual organization in 2001. According to the founders of Execency, the company was a clear-cut ‘new economy case’. They explained that the launch of the company was dictated by economic characteristics that dominated at a particular time. The founders sought to express an identity related to an economic and social order that they found suited their purposes. This is to say that they attempted to legitimize the establishment of the company with a positioning geared toward being a solution to the organizing principles,...
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