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Charles Handy article on the political theory of federalism being applied to businesses in order to link diversity in pursuit of mutual goals. Handy begins the article describing how monarchies are no longer in fashion, and that federalism is the new standard. He proceeds to conclude from the new federalism that citizens of work spaces are no longer hired hands or human resources to be deployed at will, but individuals with wills and minds of their own. The new emphasis is on community and partnerships, and emphasis on such alliances in government also corresponds with newly emerging business practices that emphasize joint venture capitalism and other kinds of organizational partnerships. Furthermore, businesses have also realized that trying to preplan every activity or strategic move of an organization is an outdated approach to operations because things are changing much more rapidly than in the past. For such reasons, federalism, based on the principle of subsidiarity, provides an effective means of linking independent bodies together in an organization’s cause. Within the scheme of federalism, the center serves to coordinate and advise, rather than direct or command, and the organization practices separation of powers and external regulation to maintain efficiency, in contrast to previous practices.
Handy, Charles B Federalism Federalism - theory & application Subsidiarity Delors, Jacques Organizational effectiveness Organizational behavior Organizational change Organization theory Institute of Directors
Charles Handy article on the political theory of federalism being applied to businesses in order to link diversity in pursuit of mutual goals, 1990; Charles Handy Papers; Box 20, Folder 3; 1 page