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In a cooperative, all of us are responsible for everything.
J. M. Arizmendiarieta. Reflections. p.63

My research story

Most organisations are similar because without noticing it, they become power and profit oriented hierarchies. 

Why should a man spend several years, move his kids and wife to foreign countries, to study such an exotic phenomenon as organisational isomorphism?

  In 1992, I wrote my Ph. D. on pausing behaviour. Only 3 persons read it because they were paid to do it. The dissertation took two years to write. I decided this is not the way I want to spend the rest of my life. In the times of great changes in Poland, I realised that people are good by nature, but their efforts are often dispersed and wasted because they are not properly organised. I decided Poland needs good management and organisation. I became an organisational psychologist and a management consultant. I had an occasion to help wonderful people in non-profits, local government, corporations, small family companies and catholic organisations. I prepared tens of students to do this job. But I also met people who were lost and caused unhappiness to themselves and their close ones. The most sad sight were the great people who got caught by "reality" and became what they did not want to be. I painfully observed this process with some of my students. Once, my student said: "I'd love to attend your course, but I can't as it takes too much time, and I have to earn my living." When I started to observe more and more of my training and educational efforts to disappear from daily organisational practice, I asked the question: why although people had such wonderful intentions and ideas it ended as usual. It is the question of organisational isomorphism. I transferred it to research grant application.