Tuesday, December 9, 2003

PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

I got very interested in reading Edwin A. Locke's book, The Blackwell Handbook of Principles of Organizational Behavior, after reading Mark Da Cunha's (Capitalism Magazine) review. Here is an excerpt from Edwin Locke's keynote essay, The Epistemological Side of Teaching Management: Teaching Through Principles:

"My goal in this article has been to show the productive role that objectivist philosophy, specifically epistemology, can play in teaching. Everything I have said here is the diametric opposite of today's "in" philosophy, postmodernism, which asserts that there is no reality to know, the language (concepts) have no objective or fixed meaning, that language creates rather than represents reality, and that certainty is impossible. Postmodernism is the dead end of philosophy and therefore of all attempts to gain knowledge. It would necessarily lead to disaster if applied to the field of management." [Edwin A. Locke, Editor, Appendix, "Conclusion," page 450.]