9781137339836

Capitalist Discipline On the orchestration of Corporate Games

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-31
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

Capitalist discipline stands for the capacity to create, and reproduce, credible commitments. The focus of this book is the derailment that follows from endogenous coordination deficits that arise from within the political economy itself.The most dramatic derailments occur whenever virtual innovations by the financial superstructure do not correspond with the real interdependences in the economic substructure. Separating the two subsystems is not a simple enterprise.The same holds for the separation of 'private Vs public parts' of the financial and real economy. The interpenetration is too deep; not 'too big' but rather 'too connected to fail' . Analytically speaking, it remains a first order priority to distinguish what acts as a non-decomposable entity, if we want to come at grips with the cyclical causes and consequences of economic order and disorder.

For the explanation of the resulting social order and disorder, the principle of bounded rationality is as important as the principle of bounded accountability. As this book extensively documents, organisations differ to the extent in which they can be effectively held accountable for the rational uses of their 'creative destruction' versus 'creative obstruction'. Creative destruction refers to new combinations of resources, relations and markets; creative obstruction to the capacity to frustrate this sort of new combination. Destructive and obstructive powers are the key-components of bargaining power. For a proper understanding of the dynamics of order and disorder we must know how asymmetric the social distribution of negotiating power turns out to be, and what more specifically explains the asymmetry of that distribution and its periodicity over time.



Author Biography

Arthur Wassenberg is currently Emeritus visiting Professor in International Negotiations at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His previous positions include working for the strategic network-management chair as Associate Professor at the Erasmus University/Rotterdam School of Management.

Table of Contents

PART I: THE QUEST FOR DISCIPLINE
1. When Prophesies of Coordination Fail
2. Strategy Traps
3. When Rationalities Clash
4. A Multi-level Theatre: the Inquiry
5. Organizing Questions
6. Recapitulation and Preview
PART II: REVISITED: A NEW INDUSTRIAL STATE
7. Introduction: On Errant Spirits
8. Old versus New Discipline
9. The Escapist Itenary
10. The Rhetorics of 'Common' Markets
11. Some Conclusions
PART III: THE MASKS OF RATIONALITY
12. Corporate Rationality: the Looking Glass-self
13. Theories of Choice and Coordination: a Broken Mirror
14. Rational Choice: Economizing on Transactions
15. Strategic Choice: Economizing on Interactions
16. Towards a New Prism
17. Summarizing, by Looking Ahead
PART IV: COHABITATION
18. Introduction
19. The Protocols
20. The Front Stage
21. The Back-stage
22. Cohabitation
23. Conclusion
PART V: THE FRAMING OF DISCIPLINE
24. Introduction
25. The Old Discipline
26. The Old Paradigm
27. On the Descent of Concerted Action
28. Reconsidering the Requisites of Concerted Action
29. The Lures of Simplification
30. Versus the Fragility of Robustness
31. The New Discipline
32. The New Paradigm
33. Conclusion
PART VI: CONDITIONS: THE ANATOMY OF NEGOTIATION POWER
34. Introduction
35. Negotiating
36. The spectrum of Negotiation
37. Refining the Model 
38. Discussion
39. Recapitulation: the Science and Art of Negotiation
PART VII: INTELLIGENE: HOUDINI VERSUS ULYSSES
40. Introduction
41. Reconsidering Industrial Politics
42. Strategic Choice: Houdini versus Ulysses
43. Discipline
44. Regimes and Games: from Accommodation to Guerilla
45. Recapitulation
PART VIII: COMMITMENTS: THE ESSENCE OF DISCIPLINE
46. Introduction
47. When Structure Follows Volatility
48. Volatility Follows Versatility
49. Versatility: a Primer on Strategic Responsiveness
50. Diplomacy: Back to Basics
51. Recapitulation
PART IX: CONSEQUENCES: ON THE DRIFT OF DISCIPLINE
52. Enters Faust
53. The Plot: the Recycling of Discipline
54. The Twist: on the Calculus of Complicity
55. Risk, Regret and 'Loyalty'
56. Conclusion: the Conquest of Discipline

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