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Daum, M. (2019). Owning Our Part: From Denial-Based Business to a Regenerative Economy. Organ. Soc. Dyn., 19(2):249-263.

(2019). Organizational and Social Dynamics, 19(2):249-263

Owning Our Part: From Denial-Based Business to a Regenerative Economy

Matthieu Daum, MSc

In this article, we explore a core set of organisational and social dynamics at work in the business world: the denial and disowning of the part we play in co-creating the world we live in; and the splitting needed to protect us from the guilt and shame that owning our part would unleash. We begin with exploring the Winnicottian splitting between the “false self” and the “true self”. We then venture into new territories, by exploring the denial, disowning, and splitting that is needed in the “business as usual” economy to keep business going and avoid acknowledging its degrading impacts on social and ecosystems, creating, to paraphrase Winnicott, a split between a “false world” and a “true world”. Mainstream organisations have tended to structure this splitting formally through organisational defences, but are now at risk of being flooded with their split-off parts. We then ask ourselves what can be done to start addressing our impact truthfully, and contribute to a shift from a degrading economy to a regenerative economy. The importance of containing and working through the guilt and shame that this might generate is explored, as well as the notions of purpose and purposeful leadership.

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