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The Dialogue: an Essential Component to Consider “Organization as a Community of Persons”

The Dialogue: an Essential Component to Consider “Organization as a Community of Persons” Abstract Even if the concept of “community of persons” is more and more present, only a few studies with practical cases actually use it. This paper is based on the pragmatic constructivism epistemological paradigm and uses an autopraxeography method from a previous action research study. The case presented concerns part of a large business. At the beginning of our study, this organization experienced many conflicts. The intervention we implemented developed dialogues and built a community of persons. At the end of this story, a new HR manager arrived and decided to stop what was previously implemented (to increase productivity), putting an end to the dialogues and all of the collaboration that went along with them. This way of doing leads to fake productivity because it generates a lot of hidden costs. Thus, this case shows that a dialogue is necessary to build a community of persons, and vice versa. Otherwise, there are just associations of individuals. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Humanistic Management Journal Springer Journals

The Dialogue: an Essential Component to Consider “Organization as a Community of Persons”

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
2017 Springer International Publishing AG
ISSN
2366-603X
eISSN
2366-6048
DOI
10.1007/s41463-017-0024-8
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Abstract

Abstract Even if the concept of “community of persons” is more and more present, only a few studies with practical cases actually use it. This paper is based on the pragmatic constructivism epistemological paradigm and uses an autopraxeography method from a previous action research study. The case presented concerns part of a large business. At the beginning of our study, this organization experienced many conflicts. The intervention we implemented developed dialogues and built a community of persons. At the end of this story, a new HR manager arrived and decided to stop what was previously implemented (to increase productivity), putting an end to the dialogues and all of the collaboration that went along with them. This way of doing leads to fake productivity because it generates a lot of hidden costs. Thus, this case shows that a dialogue is necessary to build a community of persons, and vice versa. Otherwise, there are just associations of individuals.

Journal

Humanistic Management JournalSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 1, 2017

Keywords: Ethics; Quality of Life Research

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