Question 1: (at least 200 words)
(p. 490) asserts the following: “Some of the fundamental social philosophical assumptions about human nature and social organization made by political and economic theorists, and embodied in some of our most significant political and economic institutions, are diametrically opposed to some of the assumptions about human nature and social organization made by organization theorists and embodied in a large number of organizational structures.”
What is your reaction to this assertion? What evidence does Collins present to defend his assessment? For much of the remainder of the paper, Collins advances the idea that what is true about government should be true about business–if we like democratic governments, we have no reason to prefer autocratic workplaces. To what extent do you agree with Collins’ argument? If you agree, can you offer more support to his argument (perhaps from personal experience)? If you disagree, what questions do you have for Collins?
Question 2: (at least 200 words)
On p. 501,
mentions many participatory management practices proposed by communitarians and alludes to the few proposed by libertarians. Which set of practices appeal to you more? What specific practices would you like to see in an ideal world? Do you think it is possible to see widespread workplace democratization in the United States? Why or why not?