By Rene Ten Bos

Why is it that folks in agencies appear to be so at risk of administration type and guruism? And why is it that either phenomena are loathed in conventional educational considering administration and organization?
In this booklet, René ten Bos argues for a extra philosophical instead of clinical realizing of administration type. In doing so he questions the positivist and utopian orthodoxies that experience pervaded administration considering. Ten Bos contends that administration style is a cultural phenomenon that merits severe mirrored image not just since it is so immensely frequent but additionally simply because its turns out to meet specific philosophical wishes between its shoppers.
Building upon a few quite strange resources in postmodern concept, the writer argues that administration style may possibly inspire the practitioner to have interaction in philosophical self-experimentation and to undertake replacement varieties of realizing. besides the fact that, it's also argued that administration style frequently fails to take care of to this promise since it continues to be ironically incapable of shedding its rationalist cloak.René ten Bos is a thinker and administration advisor. He works for Schouten & Nelissen and took his PhD on the Catholic college of Brabant.

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Yet, is it very plausible that he honestly believes that real leadership power comes from an 24 FASHION AND UTOPIA IN MANAGEMENT THINKING honorable character? I for my part do not believe that such an insight can be the result of a scientific, objective and rationalist inquiry. It is based on the kind of fantasy that I have alluded to above. It is more an expression of what Covey and perhaps his audience desire to be the case. Peter Senge (1990: 159) provides another example of the strained relationship many gurus or consultants have with factual truth.

Dissenting views are dangerous because they open the door for chaos and disorganization. Or to paraphrase George Orwell, there is nothing in the behavior of an individual which is unimportant. 5. It is radical. It wishes to break the ties of the past. It wishes, as Descartes already made clear, to deconstruct “the houses of the city” and to make a fresh new start. The senses are to be distrusted. Only reason counts. The past is irrelevant. History is, as Henry Ford pointed out, bunk. Progress in the name of reason is what matters.

They do not only tell managers how to manage their organizations, they also tell them which kind of people they should become in order to be happy and morally conscious citizens with fulfilling lives. This reminds us of MacIntyre’s idea discussed above that in a Goffmanesque world — and perhaps postmodernist society can be seen as the inevitable outcome of such a world — no limits are set on whom is going to participate in the moral debates of the age. As MacIntyre explains, however, the price for this accessibility is that nobody can speak with authority.

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