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ERIC Number: EJ1019481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Federalist #10 in Management #101: What Madison Has to Teach Managers
Kohn, Jennifer L.
Journal of Management Education, v37 n5 p683-703 Oct 2013
Business students typically do not read James Madison's "Federalist #10", a seminal work in political theory on the causes of and remedies for factions. I make the case that they should and offer suggestions for teaching and assessment. Factions are a subset of stakeholders that have interests "adverse" to the organization. Madison cogently argues that the causes of factions are rooted in human nature; therefore, managers should embrace diversity and not try to eliminate factions by surrounding themselves with "yes men." Rather, he urges managers to focus on organizational design to channel ambition in a positive way and constrain the more corrosive effects of factions. Madison emphasizes a critical lesson for negotiation by focusing on adverse interests rather than positions or characteristics. Beyond these management lessons, "Federalist #10" exposes business students to the foundations of American politics and helps to inform the ongoing debate about the relationship between business and government. Finally, "Federalist #10" takes business students out of their comfort zone, changing their reading workout and strengthening their ability to learn management lessons from the broader world around them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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