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The Beauty of the Beast by Geoffrey Bellman

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Chapter 4Essential Questions for Organizations

We spend our days immersed in the people, processes, and products of organizations. No avoiding this and no reason to, but there is more to organizations than results, end points, and outputs. There is their beginning, their conception, their genetic code, their essence. That’s what we will pursue here. Organizations may live within the limits of the “genetic coding” they were born with; they may have this built-in limitation, if we are assuming they share our own mortality. What if we were to look at them more expectantly? What if we were to assume the possibility of very long life? This chapter engages in the search for the organizational “fountain of youth.” If we know what long life is about, ...

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