Herbert Simon’s Skepticism: Science of Public Administration and Lessons learned from “Proverbs of Administration”

A key focus in the scholarship of public administration sought to accomplish a task and carry out the will of the people. The early writers, including but not limited to Max Weber, Frederick Taylor, and Luther Gulick, sought to understand organization and how to best manage it. All three understood that their work was to... Continue Reading →

Bounded Rationality and the Limits of Human Nature

This article was published in the PA Times Online January, 2020 and can be viewed here. “The central concern of administrative theory is with the boundary between the rational and the non rational aspects of human social behavior” - Herbert Simon in Administrative Behavior (1947) In his existential masterpiece The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus... Continue Reading →

Integration in Conflict Resolution

In a fascinating research paper coming out of Lithuania, the authors Kristina Kersive and Asta Savaneviciene use several researched conclusions regarding organizational competence formation and management. This compilation of scientific studies focus on cross-cultural management to lead managers to a better understanding of cross-cultural integration. This integration of the organizational culture and the culture of... Continue Reading →

The Social Contract – a Solution for Inequality

“Man is born free, and he is everywhere in chains” Jean-Jacques Rousseau There are many issues plaguing modern society and, as throughout history, thinkers often ponder and debate solutions. They may treat each issue in isolation, but problems often have common roots in inequality which can be treated collectively with what Enlightenment philosophers call a... Continue Reading →

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