Category Archives: Organizational Behaviour

Legitimation Image

Much talk at various points about legitimacy theory and evidence. The process of legitimation. The idea that to ensure success, a business must demonstrate that it shares larger societal values. The legitimacy of the “like me“. One difficulty with “like … Continue reading

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New Face On

Don’t know what is the proper distance between the private personality and the organizational persona. Know there must be some distance. Remember being interviewed by a major bank and the young interviewer was fighting to contain his personality. Wondered where … Continue reading

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Workplace Social

From an article in Forbes by Jacquelyn Smith, “How much coworker socializing is good for your career?“, published September 24, 2013: Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert…says most coworkers socialize at some level—but a lot depends on the size of … Continue reading

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Organizational infantry, cavalry

In terms of addressing organizational wars, internal or external, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows (reproduced with permission): It’s whether you are infantry or cavalry. The former are the ones that lay siege to strong points. The latter ride through … Continue reading

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Persian Management

Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows (reproduced with permission): One of the reasons the great million man Persian army had so much difficulty against the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae was that their managers stood behind them and whipped them onto … Continue reading

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Wonder where the lessons are…

Extracted from “Law firm Goodman and Carr shutting down“, by Jacquie McNish, Globe and Mail, March 14, 2007: Goodman and Carr LLP, which once reigned as one of Canada’s top tax and real estate law firms, is closing its doors … Continue reading

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Power Direction

When studying as a student-in-accounts, spent the first two years, 1978-1980, with Winspear Higgins Stevenson, a national accounting firm that was in the middle or so of the higher rung. International association was with U.S. firm Hurdman and Cranstoun. In … Continue reading

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Like Me: Succession and Exit

Came across this Wall Street Journal article from September, 2013, concerning changes in the Chief Executive Officer and relationship to changes in the Chief Financial Officer. Once a change in Chief Executive Officer, one in four Chief Financial Officers will … Continue reading

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Profit or Postum

So many theories about how managers act to maximize profits of a company. How, given their fiduciary duty, they have no choice. Maximize profits at expense of higher cost of capital, but maximize profits nonetheless. Fiduciary duty of managers is … Continue reading

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Small Group Conflict: Brian Jones Variations

Thinking about how so many musical groups collapse amidst enmity. Or maybe not collapse, but continue with embittered exits. How Brian Jones, who founded the Rolling Stones, ended up losing his own group to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and … Continue reading

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