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We will send you occasional emails about our books and the "irregular ideas" they contain. Please tick at least one field of interest above. Thank you. Author Information. The accursed share is what Georges Bataille called the waste and excess generated by any economy or society — that part of any economy which is destined either to be spent luxuriously and without gain in the arts, in non-procreative sexuality, in spectacles and sumptuous monuments , or in outrageous and catastrophic outpourings war, sacrifice and religion.

Bataille was the champion of this human truth. Our ancestors lived fairly pleasant lives. With few people in the world, and food plentiful, work was minimised as there were no real ends to pursue. We developed complex logistics in order to lay our hands on trinkets and frivolities such as gold and spices, to arrange huge events — such as wars or the Olympics — without apparent purpose.

Waste, glorious waste! In organisations, we celebrate innovation and creativity, knowing full well that for every successful idea, weeks and years have been ploughed into unsuccessful ones. We look to entrepreneurship as the prime example of value-production, knowing that most entrepreneurial projects fail, often spectacularly. Office life is rife with frivolous time by the water cooler, just as project work contains overlaps, redundancies and slippage.

Perhaps the most obvious relates to the questions being asked by numerous commentators about the role of capitalism in a world where the pursuit of profit threatens at any moment to bring our ecosystem to its knees. Government and civil society have often exacerbated the problem by attempting to address social weaknesses at the expense of business.

The presumed trade-offs between economic efficiency and social progress have been institutionalized in decades of policy choices. Porter and Mark R.

For organisations, the shadow-side represents a large part of the accursed share. Even sexual attractions, liaisons and favours account for much of what does and doesn't get done 'according to plan'. Unfortunately, few managers are good at seeing and understanding, let alone managing, this real-life side to work. It is usually beyond the bounds of training, often out of bounds completely.

Yet it is the real backcloth for much of what goes on inside organisations. The Accursed Share The accursed share is what Georges Bataille called the waste and excess generated by any economy or society — that part of any economy which is destined either to be spent luxuriously and without gain in the arts, in non-procreative sexuality, in spectacles and sumptuous monuments , or in outrageous and catastrophic outpourings war, sacrifice and religion.

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This is a part of a series on terms and concepts that I find particularly resonant. All the more reason to explore alternative framings, just as George Bataille did in his book The Accursed Share. Imagine you and your friends are splitting a pizza, and there is an extra piece. Who gets it? And what happens next? Perhaps it becomes the prize in a game of trivia.

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We will send you occasional emails about our books and the "irregular ideas" they contain. Please tick at least one field of interest above. Thank you. Author Information. The accursed share is what Georges Bataille called the waste and excess generated by any economy or society — that part of any economy which is destined either to be spent luxuriously and without gain in the arts, in non-procreative sexuality, in spectacles and sumptuous monuments , or in outrageous and catastrophic outpourings war, sacrifice and religion.

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