Are Organizations also in a way “Beings”?


Organizations are also in a way ‘Beings’.  The elements of Individuals, Groups and their Commonness of Purpose at the core of the organization go to indicate that Experiences, Feelings, Needs, Beliefs and Desires are very integral to an organization.  Almost every organization is a harbor where feelings, experiences, needs beliefs and desires are generated and exchanged.  These co-exist along with the central philosophy of dispassionate objectivity with which these organizations are governed.Practitioners involved with organizations and their development would agree that behind every objective process, there is a human process that has considerable influence mutually.  The technical processes are often measured and audited.  However, not many organizations pay enough attention or take notice of the unseen under-currents of human processes that impact the organization.

In a way an organization though is not analyzable as a single entity having its independent psyche; it has a unified psyche as a resultant of the collective exchange of human processes and patterns of perceptions of the several members in several roles.

It is the presence of this objectivity and the features of unseen but covertly present human processes – an organization entitles to be recognized as a Being.

Effective organizations are ones where operational leaders are not a bunch of numerous bewildered seekers, erroneously seeking organizational excellence only through objective processes but are the ones where the Leaders and the Managers pay heed to the unseen dynamics and parallel processes that are present in their organization but are not available to them for a ready surface level introspection.

Often, they are trained themselves or are aided by hired OD consultants to unearth these processes.  Unearthed because, the primary characteristic of these dynamic and parallel processes is that it is not Conscious and therefore, lies outside the purview of conscious awareness.  Organizations become effective when such Leaders and Managers heed to the Unconscious Processes as warning signals.  That they should work upon or as motivators that they should drive upon.

© Satyakki Bhattacharjee 2014