Beyond Selfishness

Via McGee’s Musings who got it from OL Daily comes this interesting paper “Beyond Selfishness” in contemporary culture. The authors Henry Mintzberg, Robert Simmons, and Kunal Basu are business professors from McGill, Harvard, and Templeton College, respectively.

The essay describes and responds to some of the common beliefs adopted and promoted over the past decade.

A tight little model - we call it a syndrome of selfishness - has taken hold of our corporations and our societies, as well as our minds. It builds on a set of half-truths…from a narrow view of ourselves, as economic man; to a distorted view of our values, reduced to shareholder value; to a particular view of leadership, as heroic and dramatic…

I’d quote more but the PDF security settings don’t allow copying. 🙁