Lenin's Void: Towards a Kenogrammar of Management
Soziale Systeme, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 294-306, 2002
13 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2013
Date Written: April 5, 2001
There is no self-evident sociology of management. The cognitive focus of sociology seems to be at odds with the volitive aspects of management. The paper proposes to consider a possible approach, which consists in viewing management as the evolutionary mechanism of a social system, thus integrating volition with cognition. Evolution does not necessarily change the system. It may as well maintain it with respect to a changing environment. That is, the system changes anyhow. The paper looks into some possible notions informing such a view (II, III, IV), models it with respect to the case of the management of the Russian revolution in 1917 (V), and offers a conclusion (VI). The paper is the sketch of a possible 'kenogrammar' of management, not its elaboration. It proposes to consider emptiness, or void, as the necessary correlate of management action. Any purpose, considered by management action, consists in seeing nothing where something will be, be it a profit, a technological innovation, a network, or, indeed, a revolution. We refer to Gotthard Günther's and Heinz von Foerster's concept of a kenogrammar in order to emphasize that there is no emptiness, or void, which is not surrounded, or accompanied, by determinateness.
Keywords: kenogrammar, Lenin, management, revolution
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