Governance is a popular topic in business studies. But is there a risk of it acting as an organisational chastity belt to replace trust? Positive workplace deviance is the enemy of the governators but also the engine of innovation.
Obtaining so called useless knowledge of the humanities will make you a better manager.
When studying business, there is little time for critical reflection on what has you have learnt. Universities arm newly minted MBAs with management tools such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the BGC Matrix, Porter’s Five Forces and other devices to solve business problems. Their acceptance as valid tools is, however, often not based on critical …
Rocket science is seen as one of the most complex human activities. In this article it is argued that management is actually harder than rocket science.
In medieval times, the jester played a significant role in influential circles. Jesters, a precursor to the modern-day clown, wore bright, motley-patterned costumes and entertained the rich and powerful with their antics. Their role was not only to amuse but also to challenge their master and guests in their thinking. Jesters used to be a …
Mister Spock: “What is it that makes one man an exceptional leader? We see indications that it’s his negative side which makes him strong, that his evil side, if you will, properly controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength. Your negative side removed from you, the power of command begins to elude you.”
It was about 150 years ago that Charles Darwin made us realise that we have a lot in common with monkeys. Recent research has strenthened this idea by showing that middle management stress also occurs among Barbary macaques.
Changing organisational culture leads to new norms and values, excluding those that fall outside the standard deviation from the bell curve.
The importance of cynicism in an organisation is generally underrated. Cynicism is a valuable tool to identify opportunities for improvement.
Value based management is a term often used in contemporary workplaces. In this post it is argued that the value of this approach is not very high.
Using a famous analogy from Buddhist philosophy it can be shown that organisations do not exist.
I am presenting my work at the World Business Conference in Auckland. One of the things that struck me listening to fellow presenters is the repetitive nature of the presentations. Not that they are bad presentations, but it seems that research is repeating itself. When a presenter throws up the next slide with profound truths …