New Philosophy In My Professional Life Essay

Indeed, I have experienced changes in my personal philosophy of professionalism while working on the three assignments during Week 5.

  Although I work in the human resources department, and my high-tech organization seems to make every effort to care for the needs of its employees, I am more confident now than I was before about Nonaka & Nishiguchi’s (2001b) concept of ‘ba.’  I had dismissed it as a Zen concept, but as the second assignment shifted my focus to care in the organization, I realized that ‘ba’ is the concept to especially consider when the organization seeks solutions to conflicts, or when diversity management comes into question.  I remembered the story about Toyota that most people working in high-tech organizations such as mine must have also heard at some point.  Before Toyota brought its people-centered management practices to the United States, General Motors was losing its business big time.

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            What is more, it is the people-centeredness of ‘ba’ and the concept of care in the organization that should help my department to satisfy the professionals that are rapidly leaving the organization.  Because some of the most important jobs in a telecommunications company involve face-to-face contact with computers alone, there should be a paradigm shift of some sort.  Dematerialization is good news.  At the same time, my human resources department should seek ways to decrease high turnover.

  As an example, I believe that knowledge of ergonomics is essential for my organization; and it is definitely related to the concepts of care and ‘ba.’Having considered these philosophies once again, I feel like a better educated person already, with reference to my job.  My entire philosophy of work has been refreshed.

  With new hope, I believe that gathering more knowledge about the philosophies of professionalism should change the technology-based workplace in the coming decade – provided that this knowledge continues to be shared and a lot more people are learning about new, useful concepts.BibliographyNonaka, I., & Nishiguchi, T. (eds.

). (2001a). Knowledge emergence: Social, technical, andevolutionary dimensions of knowledge creation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Nonaka, I., & Nishiguchi, T. (2001b, Jan 25). Chapter 2.

In A Conceptual Framework for theContinuous and Self-transcending Process of Knowledge Creation. (1st ed.).

USA: Oxford University Press.Nonaka, I., & Takeuchi. (1995).

The knowledge creating company.George, V. K. (1998).

Care in knowledge creation. California Management Review 40(3).


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