Are Organizations Alive? LO16631

Harrow, Stuart (
Wed, 21 Jan 1998 09:42:40 -0500

Replying to LO16388 --

>Margaret McIntyre writes:
>I'd like to invite those who see something from this "metaphor" of
>organizations as living to talk about what this interpretation opens for
>them and what they mean by an organization being alive.

Perhaps what's alive are the RELATIONSHIPS in the organization.
Relationships progress through stages such as vitality, commitment,
friendship, determination, appreciation, spirit, trust, consideration,
support and loyalty that bring them to greater levels of durability. When
an organization provides a framework which support these relationships -
then there is a sense that the organization itself has taken on a vitality
that transcends its nominal structure of functional relationships,
buildings and offices.

Stuart Harrow


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