The Sting of Organization : Command, Reciprocity and Change Management

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-19
Journal / PublicationJournal of Organizational Change Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1994


The oldest command � and it is far older than man � is a death sentence, and it compels its victim to flee. We should remember this when we come to discuss human commands. Beneath all commands glints the harshness of the death sentence. Amongst men they have become so systematised that death is normally avoided, but the threat and fear of it is always contained in them; and the continued pronouncement and execution of real death sentences keeps alive the fear of every individual command and of commands in general (Canetti, 1987, p. 352). © 1994, MCB UP Limited