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The intent of business : organizing for a more sustainable future

Author: Gregory Gull
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
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"Traditional precepts of economic and business practice rest upon a very limited view of both humankind and Nature. People are cast as the most intelligent animal destined to seek pleasure and avoid pain with the life-defining aim of maximizing one's material self-interest. While this worldview afforded tremendous wealth accumulation, it has led to a reality of exploitation wherein care and concern for human  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Gull
ISBN: 9781137352071 1137352078 1137352086 9781137352088
OCLC Number: 848162898
Description: ix, 200 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1 A Historical Perspective 10 --
The Baconian Mindset 10 --
Cartesian Influence 13 --
Newton's Popular Mechanics 18 --
Toward an Order of Society and a Theory of Political Economy 21 --
2 Practicing the Philosophy 31 --
The Seed of a Business 31 --
Building the Organization 32 --
Controlling by Results 33 --
Focus of Attention 35 --
Cascading Goals 37 --
A Measure for Performance Control 38 --
Playing up Selfish Passion 40 --
Good Times Roll until the Limit is Reached 42 --
Exacting a Measure of Accountability 44 --
A Cost-Cutting Tool 46 --
Misplaced Concreteness 48 --
Exhorting Teamwork 50 --
3 The Effects are Persona! 52 --
System Informs Action 52 --
The Economy is a Social System 53 --
Feeding the Ego, not the Person 55 --
Adapted and Commoditized 59 --
In Service to the System 61 --
4 On Being Human 64 --
Biological Being 65 --
Social Being 66 --
Intelligent Being 69 --
Being Reality 75 --
Self-Aware Being 77 --
Spiritual Being 80 --
Responsible Being 86 --
Fearful Being 90 --
Egocentric Being 93 --
Evolving Being 95 --
Holarchical Being 102 --
5 Prelude to Change 105 --
Mathematics and Objectivity 106 --
Emergence of a New Science 107 --
Nature's Vibratory Nature 109 --
Both Art and Science 110 --
6 The Essential Changes 113 --
A More Encompassing Intent 114 --
Not Growth but Progress 116 --
Measuring the System 117 --
A Change of Self 120 --
7 An Energic Perspective 123 --
Energy Matters 123 --
Flow of Things 125 --
A Holarchy of Systems of Energy 126 --
Energy in Evolution 127 --
Ecological Responsibility 127 --
Life's Energy as Consciousness 129 --
Ecology of Development 131 --
Energy Flow for Development 134 --
Entropy and Egoism 139 --
Ecology of Economic Activity 141 --
8 Organizing and Managing for Viability 146 --
The Relationship --
Nature, Humankind, Society and the Organization 146 --
Bringing about Order 148 --
Quality Challenges for a New Order 150 --
The Materialist Mechanistic Order 152 --
Affirming Position or Life 155 --
Organization as Social Holon 157 --
Integrate Means and Meaning 159 --
Joy in Work 164 --
Vision --
Contextualizing Theme for Meaning 166 --
Commitment is Critical 169 --
Organizing Principles 170 --
Connecting Vision, Mission and Strategy 177 --
Re-Thinking Management's Role 178 --
The Will to Change 184 --
A Few Facilitativc Questions 185.
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