The dilemmas of ignorance

Book Chapter

Title: The dilemmas of ignorance
Year: 1999
Authors Boxer, P.

We hear a lot about new ways of doing business. We hear about new forms of 'virtual' organisation, and about revolutions in the way we - as customers and clients - will be enabled to live our lives. We hear that this is to come about through the strategies pursued by businesses, which will produce 'revolutions' in the way industries are organised. But in what sense can 'strategy' be 'revolution'? This cannot be 'strategy' as in 'long-range planning'. Instead, it is 'strategy' as the management of ignorance. Hamel - for instance - encourages businesses to change what they ordinarily ignore, in order to create new possibilities for growth and development. A process such as this cannot be wholly rational, otherwise it would indeed boil down to yet another form of 'long-range planning'. So how are we to make sense of this idea of 'managing ignorance'? One way of approaching this question is to consider the relationship of the conscious ego to the Freudian unconscious. From this perspective, 'revolution' becomes an effect of 'listening' to unconscious processes

Keywords: governance, languaging, paradigm, power
Language: English

Publisher: Rebus Press
Publisher Location: London
Title of Book: What is a Group? A fresh look at theory in practice
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Philip Boxer
Boxer Research Ltd

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