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Time for leaders to ‘unmanage’? How to find the organizational sweet spot

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 29 July 2014



The purpose of this paper is to present a general framework for the comprehension and advancement of sociocultural homeostasis (not to be confused with a steady state, but a dynamic constantly evolving process) to increase worker engagement, productivity and innovation within the enterprises.


The latest research findings in neuroscience, social neuroscience and social network analyses are used to determine what types of organizational dynamics best support voluntary worker engagement.


The paper offers convincing evidence why certain organizations prosper while others falter depending on their knowledge and advancement of sociocultural homeostasis principles.


It is a unique work suggesting how to apply the latest research findings in the rapidly advancing fields of neuroscience and social neuroscience to business management to increase productivity and innovation.



Retraction notice

The Publisher wishes to retract the precis article “When talent management goes wrong: Employees are people not commodities”, published in Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal, Vol. 28 No. 5, 2014. It has come to the attention of Emerald Publishing that this precis article contains large sections of unattributed text taken from the original research article “Not by money alone: the emotional wallet and talent management”, by Hari Kumar, Satish Raghavendran, published in Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 34 No. 3, 2013.

Precis articles are intended to summarise original academic research articles for a different audience, and should not include verbatim passages from the original articles. This error occurred due to a miscommunication in the commissioning process.

To avoid any repeated incidents of this nature, Emerald has fully revised its guidelines and briefed its Commissioning Editors. Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal sincerely apologises to the original authors and its readers for this error. The original article can be viewed here: 10.1108/JBS-11-2012-0073.


(2014), "Time for leaders to ‘unmanage’? How to find the organizational sweet spot", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 21-23.



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