Sunday, November 12, 2006

A Sense of Control and the unbearable absence of "things"

Maybe it is only human to try to measure these "things". We seem to be more comfortable with the illusion of control. After all if we can not pick up knowledge, reshape it, transport it, store it, retrieve it, add it, this opens a door to uncertainty. Apparently, human beings do not feel good about an uncertain future. Some one must be in control. We can not possibly be playing a game that has its rules emerging as we are playing the game itself…

What if what we perceive as organisations are simply temporary stabilisation (the word might even be institutionalisation) of themes, that is, habits, organising (making sense) the experience of being together that emerge in the process of human interaction in local situations in some living present?

Organisations, then, are iterative processes of communicative interaction, that is, repetitive patterns of human experience of being together in the living present (even though always haunted by the past as well as always hoping for a shiny future) , in which themes are continually reproduced and at the same time slightly transformed.

Small differences, variations in the reproduction of habits, will be amplified into new action with new meaning (new knowledge). This continual interaction between humans who are all forming intentions, choosing and acting in relation to each other as they go about their daily work together, both stabilises around coherent, repetitive patterns of communicative interaction, and at the same time these patterns are potentially transformed by those same interactions.

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