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Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

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Year 2012 
Volume 10 
Issue 4

Deconstructing Lack: A Buddhist Perspective on Egocentric Organizations

Ronald Purser
San Francisco State University

2012 10 (4) Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

Abstract

This paper advances the Buddhist insight of ‗no-self‘ as a foundation for theorizing the phenomenon of lack, and how such a sense of lack is symptomatic of a more fundamental and primary repression: a fear of no-self, or egolessness. Egocentric organizations depend on the reproduction of collective lack and underlying ontological insecurity, which manifests as a desire to be real, enduring, and self-existent. Egocentric organizational dynamics bind anxiety by channeling ‗reality projects‘ which feed compulsive desires for power, territory and control. The Buddhist perspective offers a liberative path as a counterforce to dominant egocentric organizational narratives. Rather than accepting lack as cultural condition, the Buddhist path focuses the mind directly on the source of lack, which, paradoxically is a gateway to seeing through the delusion of the egocentric self.

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Deconstructing Lack: A Buddhist Perspective on Egocentric Organizations. (2012). Deconstructing Lack: A Buddhist Perspective on Egocentric Organizations. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, 10(4), 17-27. (Original work published 2012)

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“Deconstructing Lack: A Buddhist Perspective On Egocentric Organizations”. 2012. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, vol. 10, no. 4, 2012, pp. 17-27.

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“Deconstructing Lack: A Buddhist Perspective On Egocentric Organizations”. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 10, no. 4 (2012): 17-27.