In part 3 of our conversation about Xenophon's Oeconomicus we summarise the preceding two parts and underline the value, as well as the limitations, of drawing on a text as old as Oeconomicus for understanding contemporary issues (both in management and in philosophy!)
Please join us for part 2 as we discuss the implications of reading such an ancient text as Oeconomicus in context of contemporary management. Learn more about Socrates and Ancient Greece from Peter, and listen to us deliberate on the values, parallels and differences between management now and at the onset of Western civilization!
Please join us as we welcome Professor Peter Adamson of the LMU in Munich and the amazing History of Philosophy without any Gaps Podcast to discuss Xenophon's Oeconomicus. The book conveys an Ancient Greek dialogue between Socrates and a young wealthy man named Critobulus who seeks to expand his wealth. Part 1 presents the background of the book and the main ideas it espouses. What was Xenophon trying to say through the characters; how do we begin to relate such an ancient text to modern understandings of organization; and, most importantly, why are we reading this archaic work on a podcast about management and organization studies? Tune in to find out!
Now that Peter Fleming has made his points, where do we go from here? That is the subject of Part 3 on "The Human Capital Hoax." The podcasters synthesize the text and offer ideas for future research and practice. An exciting debate you will not want to miss!
In part 2 we continue to discuss “The Human Capital Hoax: Work, Debt, and Insecurity in the Era of Uberization,” by Peter Fleming. The article raised a number of pressing issues, such as the nature and character of modern workplace resistance and the implications of Fleming's thesis on managers and leaders.
Please join us as the podcasters engage on a timely and relevant article, “The Human Capital Hoax: Work, Debt, and Insecurity in the Era of Uberization,” by Peter Fleming. The article is a treatise and pointed critique of the emergence, development, implementation, and negative effects of Human Capital theory, which Fleming presents as having created numerous professional, economic, and social problems in the workforce. Part 1 focuses on the arguments in the article: Why did the author write it, and what are the key points?
Episode 35 concludes with the podcasters presenting their takeaways and possible areas of further research. What did they learn from the readings and dialogue? Where directions might theory and practice follow now, thirty-plus years later?
In the second part of the Episode we continue with discussing implications of Hochschild's seminal work on management of emotions. What do football players, military officers and uber drivers have in common? Tune in to find out!
Please join us as the podcasters tackle a seminal work on the uses of emotion as part of one’s job, and the social and psychological implications this has on one’s role as a producer of products or provider of services. The Managed Heart,” by Dr. Arlie Hochschild, introduced the concept of emotional labour as a counterpart to the physical and mental labour performed in the scope of one’s duties. You will never look at the phrase “service with a smile” the same way again!
Join Tom as he provides a detailed summary of the discussion we held in Episode 34 on Trist and Bamforth’s work on the effects and consequences that introduction of new organizational technology may have on individual employees. This is a very important piece of research that ties into a number of foundational themes we discussed in other episodes and thus a must read (or listen!). Enjoy!