In this paper, we connect the worlds of management and music. We contend that management is becoming postmodern. At the heart of our argument is the idea that the postmodern worldview is the one taught at most universities worldwide, hence younger people, those under 35, who have attended university, are strongly influenced by this new mindset that sets them apart from previous generations (the Boomers). Though Boomers have evolved in their thinking and have taken on elements of postmodern thought; the under 35s represent a group that is only postmodern and simply knows nothing else. Within this optic, the central question is, “What are the practical managerial implications for the managers of postmoderns?” Thus, we seek to connect the ideas and flows inherent in the way postmodern music has evolved and draw some tentative and early parallels that will lead us to better understand the new and unfolding world of management. From a broader perspective, the diversity of cultural and musical appreciation prevalent in the postmodern musical landscape closely resonates with the interconnectedness of divergent attitudes, values and aspirations that are embraced by this generation. Other key elements surrounding this connection and the adoption of a changing worldview are explored through themes such as nature of truth, changing sense of hierarchy, multiculturalism, role of passion, authenticity and emotional engagement, where does knowledge reside and who has it, and importance of stories/narratives. Ultimately, through the valuable characteristics and workings of the postmodern musical process, this paper turns our attention to how we can most effectively manage today’s young people, what we have called the Postmodern Generation, as they increasingly carve our current and future organizational learning, culture and success.
|Keywords:||Postmodern Management, Postmodern Music, Parallelism, Knowledge, Culture, Creativity, Multiculturalism, Diversity, Authenticity, Emotional Engagement, Passion|
MBA Candidate, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Associate Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, and Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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