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All Services, All the Time: How Business Services Serve Your Business by Doug McDavid

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Chapter 3

Organizations Coming to Life

This chapter takes a closer look at the process whereby organizations come to life. This establishes the groundwork for understanding how they can stay healthy, and what you can do to assure that.

People Live in Systems

One thing we know for sure is that human beings can hardly be found except within and among social groupings or organizations. The lone ­hermit, the feral child, the persistent recluse provide very rare exceptions that prove the rule, and are interesting exactly because of their rarity. Yet in spite of, or perhaps because of, almost total ubiquity, human organizations present tremendous challenges to our understanding. To invoke a rather well known cliché, this is like the fish who wondered, ...

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