Evolving Corporation

Overview

The corporation model of organizations is in terminal decline, says Cook, and is being displaced by what he calls syntagma, a body of persons forming a division of the population of a country. The point he makes by this is that the emerging organization will be no artifact, no fabrication. It will be innately human, and in that sense, organic. His book traces the philosophical and historical development of the modern corporation through Hellenistic-Judeo-Christian theologies, with particular emphases on the ...

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Overview

The corporation model of organizations is in terminal decline, says Cook, and is being displaced by what he calls syntagma, a body of persons forming a division of the population of a country. The point he makes by this is that the emerging organization will be no artifact, no fabrication. It will be innately human, and in that sense, organic. His book traces the philosophical and historical development of the modern corporation through Hellenistic-Judeo-Christian theologies, with particular emphases on the social, political, and economic impacts of rationalistic science, impacts such as humanism, democracy, capitalism, and behaviorism. Cook offers an analysis of the critical aspects of the corporation as it exists today, and draws heavily for evidence upon contemporary management theories and practices. In doing so he argues that it is the radical changes going on in society itself that is rendering the traditional corporation obsolete. And, since western civilization is undergoing an epochal shift, the new, emerging corporation can have no resemblance to the old model. He maintains that the organization evolving to replace it will be characterized by common values, mutual purpose, excess capacity, and creative action, and will have two dynamics, what he calls commensuration and essentiality. Only with this kind of human system is it possible to create an organization that solely and exclusively serves the common good. His book is a provocative contribution to the professional and academic literature of several fields, including management, the social sciences, organizational behavior, development, and history, and will be of particular interest as well to certain well informed nonspecialists with concern for the role played the corporation in their societies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567202793
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2000
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM J. COOK, JR., is founder and chief executive officer of The Colonial Cambridge Group, a consulting firm in Montgomery, Alabama, that specializes in strategic planning, design, and organization throughout the public and private sectors.

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Table of Contents

At Last Report

Introduction

The Dualing Philosophies

The Dual Ancestry

The Corporation's World

A Kingdom Divided

The Corporation and Hierarchy

The Corporation of Rank Order and Position

The Corporation and Obedience

The Corporation and Isolation

The Corporation's Isolation and Depersonalization

The Corporation and Communion

The Corporation and the Science of Management

Old Skins and New Wine

The World of the Corporation--Its Religion

The Making of Gods

The Making of Kings

The Making of The God-King Organization

The World of the Corporation--Its Science

The Myths of Western Civilization

The Assertion of Reason

The Assertion of Humanism

The Assertion of Democracy

Democracy and Organization

The Making of Capitalism

Capitalism and the Corporation

The Assertion of Behaviorism

Behaviorism and the Nature of the Person

Behaviorism and the Nature of Human Reality

Behaviorism and the Nature of Human Capacity

The Emerging Organization

The Passing of Old Orders

The Decline of Rationalism

The Decline of Materialistic Humanism

The Decline of Democracy

The Decline of Capitalism

The Decline of Behaviorism

Aspects of the New Society

Words, Meanings, and Systems

Explorations and Discovery

The Dimensions of Syntagma

The Dynamics of Syntagma

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