A deep and elemental study of what it is to have agency and to exchange.
Originally posted on Esko Kilpi on Interactive Value Creation:
The concepts that govern our thinking and language about work are not just semantic entities, but influence what we perceive and what we think is possible or not possible. Usually we are not aware of how these concepts prime our thinking. We simply think and act along certain lines.
A seminal concept related to how we perceive work is division of labor, the notion of work as activities separated from other activities, as jobs. Organizational design has been seen as the planning and execution of a collection of activities forming the organizational system.
The industrial management paradigm is based on the presupposition that activities are the independent, governing factors of creating value and the scheme of interaction conforms to the planned division of labor as a secondary feature. The organizational structure comes first. Then an appropriate system of co-ordination and communication is put into effect. If the scheme of activities…
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