Typologies & EUM – A theory in making

Introduction As Ashok Malhotra aptly puts it –“If structure follows strategy, then strategy follows identity…”   Many of us who are deeply influenced by Ashok, and who work in the OD space, emphasize on the Identity processes within the firm while working with on its culture, or its strategy and its design. A key resource […]

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.

Inter-generational Conflict in the Modern Corporation: The Unconscious Politics of Yayati & Puru

Introduction There are so many occasions when one comes across a powerful creative leader or a band of leaders straddling organizations, and who relentlessly lament that the next generation of managers has not lived up to expectations, and let the system down. The next generation of managers are accused of being cowardly, over-compliant, cynical, and […]