Table 5: Some Consequences of TD Guru Approaches

Tom Peters (see Liberation Management) as the apologists for multinationals (see Wow and Tom Peters Seminar) pops two Prosaic, hops a jet, and calls for more speed in global production, innovation, and service. 


Hammer & Champy's reengineering while out of favor in business circles is still strong in universities, hospitals and government. Gore gives Hammer awards.


Point: This is the ultimate spectacle of postmodern production and consumption in the late modern condition of postindustrial capitalism I am calling TD1


My own Proposals: 

-Decenter -Redistribute industrial means and capacity throughout the population. 

-Reduce expert dependency. 

-More autonomous self-adaptation, less managed adaptation to the environment will be tolerated.

-Make systems self-managed 

-Resist TD1 spectacles of production and consumption. 

-Provoke TD2 resistance campaigns.


Point: As an affirmative postmodernist with a critical bent, I still think it is possible to find what I call an Ahimsa Festival of non-violent production and consumption. 

E.g. Nike - Since disastrous processes are triggered in turbulent fields, organizations coalesce to control the field and one another. Given the global division of labor in the turbulent field, we are seeing a mixture of mechanistic (barbarian) organizations such as Nike’s subcontractors in Pakistan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea and other sites --- along with systems that we would define as more participative and organic. Progress Myth - Technological progress gives majority unneeded and unaffordable gadgets instead of simple, needed tools - Ivan Illich 


This myth is also resisted in postmodern organization theory. 

In Sum

TD1 - Knowledge specialists centralize delivery networks for limited access to the elite minority.

TD1- Virtuality is stressed of the interpersonal touch and feel of here and now and the locality of place. 

TD1 - is Spectacle on an Interorganizational global stage. 

In Sum

Ivan Illich seeks to slow down the speed or our technology by focusing upon more "convivial tools:" a limited form of technology that is people-controlled, rather than institutionally controlled.


My own work is to relate Ahimsa and Simplicity moves to a critical and postmodern theory of TD I call TD2.

 Press to return to TD tables or to TD Game Board or  dfor a TD narrative.