Micropolitics 11-17-09

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Micropolitics 11-17-09 Hirschman and Millgram About Organizations being in DECLINE How can they improve?  Draws on Economics… Millgram – about obedience… social psychologist… trying to get at fundamentals of all  organizations alike that has to do with obedience Books concerned with how people behave.  Marx’s view of the world is until you have a proletarian revolution, you are having a minority  control of the majority.  If we look at the world from the vantage point of 2009… we see that most people most of the  time, do what is expected of them… asmuch asyou talk about individuality, you spend most of  your time deoing whats expected of you.  The collectivity benefits from debate and disagreement The value of debate and disagreement is that it provides for the possibility of collectively doing  better.  If you have an authoritarian setting and don’t want to have it… look at yourself… are you really  prepared to tell what you think to the professor. You would be very careful about it…You don’t  even as yourself what you really think. You arrive, get a syllabus, you do what you have to do.  You don’t check to see if you like this or don’t or like that or don’t. Organizations can benefit collectively from debate and disagreement. But we don’t have very much of it… because individually there advantages and collectively  there are too… Hirschman provides in his book… with a way of thinking about these mechanisms for collective  improvement of an organizations performance… without democratic or authoritarian practices
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Comes up with ways organizations can get insights to why its declining and fix it w/o getting into  the issue of more or less is it democratic… To understand Hirschman’s argument… need to understand the terms of exit, voice and loyalty.
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