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How to Grow Towards a Higher Organizational Purpose
Jaap de Jonge, Management Consultant, Netherlands
In the past, quite a lot of senior executives, especially those with an Anglo-American business education background, had an economic view of the purpose of any firm. They believed that is the (only) thing that matters. They typically viewed employees as self-interested agents who needed to be controlled by strict, hierarchical processes and procedures. Other people thought that perhaps a was better. In such perspective, companies are seen as networks of parties and people working together towards a shared goal and not merely as 'economic machines'. In any stakeholder value approach, employees are a dominant or even strategic stakeholder, along with the shareholders. Following the arrival of the internet and fast-changing , hierarchical organizations are less and less 'en vogue', and (also called employee engagement) is more important than ever. Quinn and Thakor (2018) make a case that only highly motivated and engaged knowledge workers can bring the high levels of innovativenes (...) Read more? Sign up for free
 

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