The end

Written by Jennifer Paskett on December 1st, 2009

I thought that The Science of Liberty was a good culminating work for drawing together many of the concepts we’ve read about over the course of the semester. I read it over the summer, and liked it, but it was more interesting in context with the other readings.

The five dimensions identified by Mr. Koch did a pretty good job of creating a holistic system of values and concepts that could be applied at multiples levels of analysis.

The interdisciplinary basis of MBM appealed to me: economics, ethics, social philosophy, psychology, sociology, biology, anthropology, management, epistemology, and the philosophy of science.

He sure had some time on his hands to absorb all that plus running a business.

My favorite dimension was decision rights, because I saw a lot of applications to jobs that I’ve worked in. Some of the most enjoyable jobs were ones where I knew my role and expectations and knew who I was answerable to. I’ve discovered that I am frustrated when I don’t know what my RR&Es are. Some of the most dysfunctional working environments were where those were not clear. In fact, Even with non business relationships, RR&Es can be helpful: group projects, relationships with friends and family.

 

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