Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Marie-Josée Demers : Chapters Two and Three

Chapter 2
One concept especially caught my attention while I was reading the Chapter Two. It was the concept of “context” i.e. how important it is to put a dialogue, a conversation or a statement into its context. The context itself is part of communication whereas it defines a part of the meaning giving to the words used to communicate. Having said that, I believe that in some cases, the forgotten analysis of the context may lead to some kind of a conflict. In other words, if you take for granted the words that you heard from a conversation whose context is unknown for you, and you interpret them at their first level, your reaction towards the comment you heard might be irrelevant. In conclusion, I assume that the context analysis of any kind of communication between two -or more- human beings is a wise method to avoid thoughtless reactions.

Chapter 3
It is interesting to know how management used to be many years ago, how it has evolved since then. A lot of progress has been made and the science of management improves continually. I can hardly imagine how certain human beings can treat other human beings as if they were inferior. It was like this years ago, when scientific management was a theory used to manage human resources, but unfortunately, even if a lot of progress has been made, this kind of treatment still exists. When I read that places in the world face important organizational problems where there are abuses and where ethic doesn’t seem to be a priority, I am wondering how can we still behave like this. With all the resources and means available, I can hardly understand why we still accept these practices.

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