The Good Organization is both a very tempting project and one inherently ridden with tensions: sustainability may partly function as a compensation
for mindless overconsumption, diversity can be seen as a tokenistic attempt to remedy effects of marginalization, health may
entail new forms of exclusion and discipline for the unhealthy, and playfulness potentially undermines both personal and professional
integrity. More generally, the Organization structured around one overarching Good may end up as something akin to totalitarianism, an organization from which dissent, argument and conflict are excluded in
favour of conformity, uniformity and compliance...
Shaped by Scandinavian welfare traditions, the Danish organizational landscape is often deemed radically benevolent to high
degrees of inclusion and participation as well as leading developments in the areas of work-life balance, sustainability,
equality, transparency and other contemporary markers of The Good Organization. At the same time, a distinctive Danish tradition of compromise and glossing over antagonisms might mask the conflicts inherent
to the pursuit of The Good Organization.
For its part, the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) has cultivated an interdisciplinary approach to the role of business in
society, implicitly encouraging but also interrogating the idea of The Good Organization. At the same time, though, CBSs self-description as the Business University is itself an ongoing compromise
in the continuing antagonisms besetting many business schools in one way or another, between their loyalty to business interests
and engagement with societal issues. At CBS we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate our 100 year anniversary by hosting
the EGOS Colloquium in 2017 and explicitly reflecting on the aspirations, interventions, and struggles of The Good Organization.