Canine Co-leadership Actorhood in Organizations [dog study]

“Dogs are mostly ignored by organization theory despite the existence of a rich literature on human–animal studies that helps theoretical extension in the direction of organization studies.” Professor Miguel Pina e Cunha [pictured] along with colleagues Arménio Rego and Iain Munro show : “why and to what extent dogs are important actors in the lives […]

Unlearning – a broader picture (new study)

The concept of ‘Unlearning’ (from an organisational point of view) was first formally described by Hedberg, Nystrom & Starbuck (we believe) more than 30 years ago in their paper ‘Camping on See-saws: Prescriptions for a Self-designing Organization’, for Administrative Science Quarterly, 21(1): 41–6. [* see note below] However, scroll forward to 2016 for an update […]

Olly the Cat (r.i.p.) and feline politics in organization

“[…] a ginger mackerel tabby cat is sat on a mat at the foot of the marble entrance. It is sat outside the entrance to its own rather imposing mini ‘Berkshire-style’ wooden townhouse that abuts the tinted windows of the concrete and glass steel tower of Olympic House.” [a building at Manchester Airport, UK]. The […]

Organizational ignorance (Towards a managerial perspective on the unknown)

Those interested in the management of organisations may already be aware that the concept of ‘Ignorance Management’ has its own page at Wikipedia. A definition was first provided in 2012 by John Israilidis Antoniou and colleagues at Loughborough University, UK.    [source] “Ignorance Management is a process of discovering, exploring, realising, recognising and managing ignorance […]

A proudly random organization

In Ireland dwells an organization that emphatically, insistently describes itself as being random. They offer this description [presented here only in part]: RANDOM.ORG is a true random number service that generates randomness via atmospheric noise. This page explains how RANDOM.ORG came about back in 1997 and how it has progressed through different stages to the […]

For Migraines (and Sarah Palin)

A migraine sufferer named Laura alerts us to the web site of the unfortunately named National Migraine Association. The organization, as you can see from its wonderfully busy home page (reproduced in part below), promotes the acronym: MAGNUM: Migraine Awareness Group: A National Understanding for Migraineurs. Laura suggests that the design might lend itself to […]