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- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In this paper we explore the concept of 'good' management as it is represented in the managerial literature, where the concept of 'good' is set in dichotomous opposition to that of 'bad'. Whilst we identify such dichotomies as the basic building blocks of managerial practice, our illustration from organizational interaction indicates that meaning generated by organizational actors is not so readily set in dichotomous relationships. Some of the literature moves beyond dichotomous thinking, arguing that good practice is not based upon implementation of mere good intent, and that management intent is in any case subject to variable interpretation and response by other groups, dependent upon context and contingency. It is this contextual nature of intent, interpretation and action that we explore and discuss in relation to philosophy and management. Our argument is that 'goodness' in management is not absolute or oppositionally distinct from 'bad' or 'evil'. Rather, the best of intentions and intention/action schemas pragmatically fall foul of power and embedded cultures that reflect multiple reality frames.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: If there is any way that humankind is unique in the galaxy, perhaps it is insofar as on Earth, our joys and our pains are so exquisitely balanced. If pain is an obstacle that has been overcome by more advanced extraterrestrial civilizations long ago, then our descriptions of our suffering may significantly contribute to other civilizations’ understanding of our species and our culture. By drawing on some of the same methods Freudenthal uses in Lincos to describe the physical universe, we can also provide detailed descriptions of our bodies. Portraying ourselves as embodied and vulnerable, we might provide outward signs of our inward distress. In addition, the link between the physical and the subjective experiences of pain provides a vehicle to address one of the greatest challenges of interstellar communication: explaining human subjectivity.
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