Citron is our name for the programme on understanding Who Organizes (and reorganizes) Organizations? How? What for?
Tomorrow Ilaria and I have a small, very informal presentation to share with some ITMP students and colleagues where we have got to. Ilaria, specifically on her understanding of the role of the Organization Function in French enterprises. Me on my understanding of the whole Organization Studies paysage and of how to approach this in an ANT way.
Preparing this quite intensively for the last 4 days I have come across many extraordinary ideas and insights. For example this from an article by Patrick Haim in a book which is being published next week.
« Human health, serenity and wisdom are the three most important variables in life…Introducing attentive and personalised management based on listening, trust, consideration, exchange and creation of well-being of employees can provide powerful leverage for economic and social performance. Thus companies could capitalize on the knowledge of employees (consious and unconscious) to develop real expertise…the aim is to create a virtuous model of systemic management of occupational activity, challenging, responsible and sustainable, through what may be called simply, human intelligence »
This sort of belief and vision is what drove CEO Carlos Verkaeren to make the 700M€ Biscuits Poult one of the most innovative companies in the world and is close to the entreprise libérée approach advocated by Issac Getz.
The book itself- Organizational Change and Global Standardization: Solutions to Standards and Norms Overwhelming Organizations – deals in an original way, based on fractal analysis, with how organizations can survive in the jungle of norms and standards.