By Susanne Ekman
Deals a close and exciting research of the day-by-day interactions among managers and staff in artistic wisdom in depth organisations. in line with brilliant examples, the ebook indicates how either managers and staff entertain contradictory understandings in their mutual dedication.
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I also sympathize with their suggestions for how to curb these tendencies, namely by adopting analytical terminologies which do not establish dichotomies as their point of departure. I try to develop such a terminology later in this book, inspired by both post-structuralist and critical realist thinkers. However, I believe that it takes more than terminology revisions to change old habits. I also think that methodological frameworks need to be revisited in order to ensure that the collection of data supports the non-dualistic analytical intentions.
Here, I draw on Carl Schmitt’s definition of political romanticism, namely as an antithesis to political activity in that it permanently postpones decisions in order to keep all possibilities open. It strives for a radical autonomy where the limitations of concrete choices and stands are considered fettering. Schmitt says: “Political activity is not possible in this way, only criticism, which can discuss everything and inflate it ideologically” (Schmitt, 1986: 159). In other words, it involves an image of the desirable society as a kind of “natural state” where each individual is secured inviolable autonomy and the possibility to pursue authentic goals.
Desks, lamps and computers are modern. The open offices are interrupted by minimalist glass-walled meeting rooms.