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The organisation's captives: the no mean production of the contemporary administrative techniques

Alex Coltro (Professor, Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queirós, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.)

Social Responsibility Journal

ISSN: 1747-1117

Article publication date: 7 March 2008




This paper seeks to understand administrative action, to know its deeper and excellent roots. Such roots, for the West, are based in the concept of reason and its derivatives.


Initially the paper presents the basic relationship between administrative action, organizational theories and its roots. It then develops an archaeological process of historical recovery of the concepts and ideas associated with the reason, and concludes by clearly pointing out the remaining challenge: the development of an administrative boarding that respects the human being per se and not as a recourse thing, at the same time making if possible for organizations reach their objectives.


Taking into consideration comparative traces of the diverse characteristics of organizational theories, this research has empirical findings which provide new comprehension and insights about the main product of any organization – people.


This paper presents a new view and a deep comprehension about the roles that people develop in an organization, particularly from an administrative focus.



Coltro, A. (2008), "The organisation's captives: the no mean production of the contemporary administrative techniques", Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 4 No. 1/2, pp. 185-197.



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