Book: Farwell To Modernism

Farewell to Modernism: On Human Devolution in the Twenty-First Century is an original, pathbreaking, revolutionary, and totalizing critique of received Modernist ideas, including Modernist Utopianism. In that vein, it unseats virtually every dearly held myth of EuroModernist discourse. It offers a new episteme based on our true ontic nature—our anthropic species-being—as an offset and correction to all brands of EuroModernist idylls, be they of Left or Right, that have repeatedly brought the world to the brink of annihilation. In sum, this book argues that neither philosophy nor social science are tenable without a true, realist anthropology of the human species that sets limits to both political idealism and social engineering.

Book: Understanding Leadership in Complex Systems: A Praxeological Perspective

Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 2016 edition (July 21, 2016) Publication Type: Book Authors: Dr. Terje Tonsberg Dr. Jeffrey Henderson Keywords:  Ludwig von Mises, Human Action, Leadership, Subjective Theory of Value, Marginal Utility, Methodological Subjectivism, Methodological Individualism, Ends and Means, Praxeology, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Carl Menger, Friedrich von Hayek, Israel Kirzner, Alfred Schutz, Murray Rothbard. Link: Understanding Leadership in Complex Systems: A Praxeological Perspective Abstract: This work proposes that Carl Menger’s Subjective Theory of Value (STV), and … Read more…

Article: CSR As Mythology

Publisher: Monarch Business School Switzerland Publication Type: Article Authors: Dr. Jeffrey Henderson, D.Phil. Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, Mythology In his famous book “Unto This Last”, the English social thinker John Ruskin (b. 1819- d. 1900) discusses the existence of an ossifiant theory of progress based on a rigidly conventional pattern of science that effectively negates the soul. (Ruskin, 2005) He compares the nascent theory of political economy of the time to a science of gymnastics … Read more…

Book: The Post Human Society

THE POST-HUMAN SOCIETY is a Path-breaking attempt at a ‘culture-critique’ of the word’s most dominant societal formation: a passionate, literary, ethically and aesthetically inclined, appraisal of the USA. Liberally utilizing a vibrant, sparkling, First-Person Narrative, cartwheeling freely across all conventional disciplinary boundaries, it renders a lyrical expose of all the internal ephemera – social, political, aesthetic – of the only Hegemon left standing on this Planet. Chapter by Chapter, every segment of US societal life is unravelled, with its internal ‘geist’ fully laid bare – as if with a scalpel. The Book carries a Foreword by noted UK Scholar, Professor John Hobson of the University of Sheffield.

Dissertation: A Framework Of Leadership Based On Ludwig Von Mises’ Theory Of Purposeful Human Action

Mises may be considered one of the most well-known scholars of the Austrian School of Economics, which had been founded by Carl Menger based on his theory of choice: the Subjective Theory of Value (STV). (P. J. Boettke, 2010, bk. xi) Mises elaborated and expanded upon the STV as a foundation for his Praxeology, or theory of purposeful human action. Its aim was to understand economic activity as a process of choice or exchange under uncertainty based on a research method of a priori theorizing and methodological individualism. However, Praxeology was also a basis for understanding social science in general, even if no significant attempts have been made in such a direction. Accordingly, this work represents an effort to bring the STV and its associated focus on human choice or exchange to the field of leadership theory through the methodology of Praxeology.

DIssertation: Recursive Organizational Dynamics: A Novel Approach To Organization Design

It is ironic that while the vagaries of legal history granted corporations all the rights and privileges of real flesh-and-blood citizens, they are still frequently organized around the mechanistic command-and-control structures in vogue a century ago (Wheatley, 2006). And while the public becomes ever more enraged by the seemingly cynical abuses of a corporate elite hiding behind these assumed rights, it is clear that in a fluid, globalized economy, such rigid and outmoded organizational structures are inadequate in the area that is truly the corporate domain, i.e. the marketplace (Senge P. M., 1999; Capra, 2010). In order to address the suggested operational shortcomings of the modern company, there is a growing cadre of researchers and consultants who have realized that the body corporate is better described by a more organic model of organization. These researchers include Margaret Wheatley, Peter Senge, and Arie De Geus. In order to illuminate new approaches these authors show repeated allusions and allegories to biological systems and even comparisons to the strange world of quantum mechanics. In these modern perspectives, instead of a Newtonian production-oriented collection of individuals and discrete events, the corporation is viewed as an energetic creation-oriented web of relationships (Senge P. M., 1999; Wheatley, 2006; Wolfe, 2011). This is the concept of a living organization, where ‘living’ refers to the way it communicates, evolves and creates, and not to its legal status with respect to the legislative apparatus. The presented research introduces a novel method of rational and consistent explanation for how the complex web of organizational relationships follow, and can be characterized by, the underlying mechanisms responsible for the orderly functioning of the natural world. A formal model is presented that connects the concepts of organic organization with a structured means of design.