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Fuzzy ManagementContemporary Ideas and Practices at Work$
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Keith Grint

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198775003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198775003.001.0001

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Mismanaging Risk: The Madness of Cows

Mismanaging Risk: The Madness of Cows

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Fuzzy Management

Keith Grint

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The previous chapter talked about two essential elements of leadership that were significantly dependent on the theoretical approach. The first was the extent of the elimination of uncertainty from the appraisal system through considering objective approaches while the second involved the extent to which the theoretical perspective on organizational autonomy modifies the role given to leadership. While the uncertainty problem is conventionally viewed to be the concern of individual leaders, this chapter attempts to look into how the uncertainty problem may be taken on in terms of the utility of scientific knowledge. Since science may enable us to veer away from the Aristotelian binary of error and truth, this chapter explores the specific case of mad cow disease. Particularly, science may be utilized in dealing with ignorance and in establishing the foundation for managers to arrive at rational decisions.

Keywords:   leadership, rational decisions, organizational autonomy, uncertainty problem, mad cow disease, science, ignorance

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