Solving Paradox by Reducing Expectation

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Abstract

Original paper: Marco Berti and Ace Simpson, The Dark Side of Organizational Paradoxes: The Dynamics of Disempowerment, https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2017.0208.
This paper critiques Berti and Simpson's argument that since pragmatic paradoxes are created by power differentials the solution to such paradoxes has to be to redress these power asymmetries. We discuss why their prescription is often impractical and argue that, even in the face of paradoxes created by huge power asymmetries, there is always a solution to paradox to be found in reducing one's expectations. We use the example of how Google dealt with Chinese government's demand for Internet censorship to illustrate our argument.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Volume46
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)406–408
Number of pages3
ISSN0363-7425
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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Published online: May 7, 2020

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