CHAPTER 1: WHY DO ORGANISATIONS EXIST?

The fundamental question

A politically incorrect answer to this question would be that organisations exist to allow individuals to make money (in the private sector), or to wield power (in the public sector). After all, in the case of the former, the world economy is dependent on businesses making capital and creating wealth and, in the case of the latter, whether democratically elected, or simply being the ruling party, society would fail to function if it were not organised. Of course, the degree of satisfaction we have with either organisation entirely depends on where you sit.

If we examine the question from either the private or public perspective, it seems clear that if organisations did not exist, ...

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