From Boom to Bust: On Organization Identity, Sustainability and Transformation

From Boom to Bust On Organization Identity, Viability and Sustainability The Context The WeWorks fiasco is not a new story … it is yet another blip reminiscent of similar fiascos in new age capitalism, each fiasco that has been shaped through orgiastic rituals involving tyrannical entrepreneurs,  pipe-dreaming and perhaps delusional angel investors, and narcissistic but […]

Deconstructing the Voice of Technology: Looking through the Actor Network Theory (ANT) Lens

Preamble In 2013, Raghu Ananthanarayanan and I published our book on the Tensegrity Mandala, proposing an alternative organization design and philosophy for firms preparing to make a leap into the world of networks. We believed that the paradigm of traditional hierarchical structures and associated control mindset can only be transformed if the firm is able […]

An ODE to Judea Pearl, Causality and Bayesian Networks

Introduction On this anniversary of 9/11, I would like to offer a blog in the form of a tribute to an extremely courageous and brilliant scientist, but more importantly a great human being known, as Judea Pearl, whose work has pioneered the science of Causality and AI. Judea Pearl epitomizes great courage and humaneness, because […]

The Tyranny of Positive Thinking in Indian Corporations … Manipulating Optimism within, but without Faith

This blog explores and critiques the impact of positive thinking and its many derivatives on leaders and managers in India. I believe that the ideological stances and axioms behind positive thinking, positivist psychology, and its cruder interpretations by consultants, management gurus and coaches, create a set of complex defense process that not just isolate and alienate the human being, but obfuscate various ways in which corporate capitalism manipulates, and oppresses all its stakeholders.