24 May 2015 | Articles, Articles 2015, Management | By Christophe Lachnitt
A Corporation And A Nation Share The Same Logic
In 1882, French philosopher Ernest Renan gave a lecture at the Sorbonne University during which he stated that,
“A nation’s existence is, if you will pardon the metaphor, a daily plebiscite.“
Indeed, a nation is a community of human beings who notably share a set of values.
The same goes for corporations.
The difference is that the members of a nation share more common ground – history, geography, and culture – than the employees of a corporation. Like Karl Marx’s proletariat, a corporation has no homeland.
Shared values must therefore be all the stronger in a corporation in order to create a common meaning able to sustain “a daily plebiscite.”