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Philosophy of Management

Volume 10, Issue 3, 2011

The Philosophers Stone - About Knowledge and Leadership

Søren R. Frimodt-Møller
Pages 25-40
DOI: 10.5840/pom201110317

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.

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