Volume 10, Issue 3, 2011
The Philosophers Stone - About Knowledge and Leadership
Søren R. Frimodt-Møller
The Musical Workplace
a Music Philosopher’s Approach to the Role of Individual Decision-Making in Group Coordination
The music ensemble has often been used as an analogy of organisation processes in general. Many versions of this analogy presuppose a specific organisation structure in the ensemble with clearly defined leader-follower relationships from which we can learn important points about successful leadership. This paper wishes to draw attention to the wide variety of organisation processes that may occur in a music ensemble, some of which are not dependent on leadership. Through the outlines of a logical analysis of a coordination problem, it is argued that the music performance is in fact exemplary of a situation in which individual dedication to a goal promotes coordination in the entire group.