Thursday, June 3, 2010

Organic Growth: The Concept of the Corporation Chapter 2

Perhaps I was too cynical yesterday. Perhaps I was too impressed with the similarities in language between Hard Times and Concept of the Corporation. In fact, I’ve been in organizations run by opinions and know the frustrations of dealing with demons.

Drucker balances the insistence of fact against the idea that General Motor’s decentralization was not imposed by a dictatorial power but grew naturally and adjusted to needs of people and organizations.

Human organizations often have to take detours, he notes. “Being human they run never aspire to perfection and must thus make imperfection workable. Being human they also have to reckon with the very considerable differences of temperament, ability and rhythm between individuals.”

This split, which marks the difference between the human and the absolute, is the issue that makes Drucker interesting.

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