Conflict and Creativity at Work: Human Roots of Corporate Life

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Sussex Academic Press, 2008 - Business & Economics - 219 pages
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." 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. Nobel prizewinner Milton Friedman says that the only social responsibility that a company has is to make a profit. Author 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. Low's Conflict and Creativity at Work contributes to the tide of activism that is calling for higher ethical standards and social responsibility within the corporate world. The book offers a new way to look at a company, work, a product, and company organization.

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART TWO The Structure of Work
67
PART THREE The Company Field
107
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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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