Re: Careers

GP Kraemer (
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 14:21:10 -0700

Noel Dickover wrote:
> How about employing anthropology to help the business community,
> specifically, organizational change type issues. I have an undergrad in
> Anthropology and a Masters in Cybernetic Systems and have found both
> areas of knowledge critical to addressing organizational change type
> issues.
> The study of Anthropology teaches people to approach situations
> (problems, issues, etc.) holistically, instead of as individual
> cause-effect actions. Over time, a much clearer discription of the
> situation emerges from this holistic, and sometimes multiperspective
> approach. It turns out that this same approach is VERY useful in
> addressing complex problems. Unfortunately, it seems as if the
> anthopological community is devoting scarce attention to this vast,
> undertapped, but urgently needed area.
> If anyone is interested in this type of work, I would suggest focussing
> your anthropological work towards understanding cultural change.
> Eventually, you can ewxpand on this base by learning facilitation
> techniques or systems thinking, etc.
> Noel Dickover

maybe it's my background showing, but it would seem to me that the complexity of
the problems is exactly what would make it impossible to gain any understanding
using a holistic approach.

George Kraemer