By Joe Kelly
At a time of company downsizing and bone-crushing foreign festival, how can executives reconcile their person personalities and human wishes with the both compelling wishes of the hard-driving association? it's an existential difficulty, say Joe and Louise Kelly, and one with severe implications, not just for executives yet for his or her corporations besides. The Kellys, not at all blithe theorists, take a troublesome examine this hard-edged challenge by means of positing a three-pronged version for research dependent upon constitution, technique, and values. They synthesize those components lower than an overarching proposal of existentialism, during which the emphasis is on a look for which means. And with that, they supply a clear-headed examine organizational behaviorâ€”its contributions to our realizing of the way companies paintings yet, additionally its disasters and, certainly, its widespread self-deceptions. A well-written, full of life, far-ranging exam, not just for executives who desire the type of aid the Kellys provide of their day-by-day combats at the task, but additionally for his or her colleagues within the educational neighborhood who've their very own organizational difficulties to deal with.The Kellys clarify that their e-book displays a flow clear of the academic-purist place, the place the only difficulty is with theoretically major examine, to a place which acknowledges that organizational habit is a crossroads topic the place site visitors [that comes] mostly from behavioral technological know-how, desktop know-how, and economics coalesces with the information streaming out of organizational perform. aimed toward expert managers and scholars, either undergraduates in addition to these at the M.B.A. point, this e-book assumes little past wisdom of behavioral technological know-how or organizational thought. Readers gets what they want of these matters the following, adequate to keep on with Kelly's argument. they're going to see how behavioral and organizational examine has helped (but occasionally hindered) executives as they try to care for severe happenings of their jobs. With case learn fabric woven into the textual content and with observations from his personal studies with enterprise in addition to educational agencies, the Kellys' e-book is a readable, engrossing argument for and opposed to the orthodoxies of organizational habit studiesâ€”and the reassurance that no matter what else it may possibly or no longer be, organizational habit is unquestionably no longer static.
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In reducing the becoming of 26 TH E G I F T OF T H E OT H E R woman to a static form of being, sexist oppression denies women the possibility and the risk of an open-ended future; it restricts her existence to the “reality” of past and present, in relation to which birth may appear as a failed project of transcendence. Ironically, the very ambiguity of pregnant embodiment that posed problems for its interpretation as an existential project also suggests a possibility for resisting oppression and holding open a future of becoming for women, whether or not they decide to reproduce.
This is not to say that my freedom is therefore guaranteed by the existence of Others, nor even by my desire for the Other’s freedom. For other people can also exclude me from full participation in the world, cutting me oﬀ from an open future and reducing my singular existence to a static function of my race, my class, my sex. The ambiguity of existence is also a risk; it suggests that the meaning of one’s life “is never ﬁxed, that it must be constantly won” (129). The Other is indispensable for my freedom, but the Other can also become my oppressor.
Every individual concerned to justify his existence feels that his existence involves an undeﬁned need to transcend himself, to engage in freely chosen projects. (Beauvoir 1952, xxviii) While the past confronts me with its burden of given conditions and factical constraints, the future opens up a ﬁeld of possibilities in relation to which even my past may be transformed. Through my projects, I transcend the present moment and orient myself toward an open future in which I am nothing other than what I choose to become.
An Existential-Systems Approach to Managing Organizations by Joe Kelly