“Low, author of Zen and Creative Management (1976), believes that corporations are not just for profits and stockholders, but rather are complex organizations that produce a product amid conflicting interests among stockholders, the market, and employees. He believes creativity is central to corporate life and helps corporations manage conflicting interests. Creativity also helps managers consider ethics and social responsibility as legitimate considerations in understanding and solving problems. With a focus on the workplace, Low pursues such topics as spirituality, stress, work organization, conflict, humor, ambiguity, and employees’ commitment, capacity, and ability… This volume is best suited to those interested in a philosophical perspective on the topic, particularly faculty and practitioners. Recommended.” —Choice
Conflict and Creativity at Work: Human Roots of Corporate Lifeby Albert Low
Conflict and Creativity at Work contributes to the tide of activism that is calling for higher ethical standards and corporate social responsibility within the corporate world. It offers a new way to look at a company, work, a product and company organization. Nobel prizewinner Milton Friedman says that the only social responsibility a company has is to make a profit. Albert Low questions this basic assumption and provides an alternative view: a company is a complex field of interacting and conflicting forces out of which a product emerges. The interests of the stockholder make up just one set of these forces. The corporate system arises out of the natural creativity of human beings and is expressed in the work that we do. Therefore to understand a company, its organization and its reason for being, we must understand creativity and work what they involve, and their importance to our mental health. This new understanding of social responsibility is imperative for the very survival of our way of life. Business Ethics quotes Thomas Donahue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President, as saying, “There is something fundamentally out of balance when short-term considerations become so dominant.” Creativity and Conflict at Work offers a new way to look at the corporate system and long-term corporate social responsibility. Depression is widespread throughout western society. A contributing factor is the way the corporate system operates. People are now adjuncts to the system and the result is alienation and impotence. China and India are looming as major industrial competitors, and their employees are very well motivated. To compete in the West we must revise the present antiquated corporate philosophy that asserts that the interests of the stockholder are the only interests that the corporation can legally serve and adopt policies that promote corporate social responsibility.
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Meet the Author
Albert Low is an internationally published author of many books, including Invitation To Practice Zen, which is now in its thirteenth printing. In 2003 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree for scholastic attainment and community service by Queen’s University Ontario. He is currently director of the Montreal Zen Centre, which has over 200 students, many of whom are doctors, psychiatrists, and university professors.
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