The Rainmaker Effect: Contradictions of the Learning Organization
The belief that rainmakers bring rain is a superstition, but it creates cohesion among the people who believe in their power. Stefan Kühl describes how the rainmaker effect acts in the concept of the learning organization. Many of the modern management principles that are perceived as recipes for success—e.g., clear objectives, employee identification, participation, and continuous learning—fail to deliver on their promises. However, they do have other beneficial effects: They ensure that organizations keep moving.