In the nascent field of management theory, many are seeking to identify the key principles that enable organizations (for profit and non-profit) to achieve excellence. Most researchers assume that there is no divine involvement in building great organizations or if there is, it is minimal. It is as if the principles or laws that facilitate organizational excellence exist without any origin or creator. This perspective was the view of the people who engaged in the Tower of Babel project in Genesis 11. They presumed to build the tower using the best practices of the time, but without regard to God. They had a modicum of success, but in the end, the project and organization were doomed. Why? Because to assume that God is not involved in organizations is unreality. The presupposition of the book Beyond Babel is that God created the universe including all the principles or laws for all the activities of the universe. This means that God created the laws of science, the humanities, family life, community life, and management. Beyond Babel offers a model for building great organizations predicated on the philosophy that God has divinely ordained the values and principles that will facilitate organizational excellence. The book articulates an organizational model that moves beyond the philosophy that undergirds most organizations today which tends to dismiss divine involvement and direction. Beyond Babel presents an approach to building great organizations based on alignment with God and His purposes. In the end, God blesses people and organizations that are in alignment with Him. The Tower of Babel project was built by an organization that did not align with God-their motives were wrong. Getting beyond Babel is about alignment with God-embracing His philosophy, values, and principles. Only then can anyone build a truly enduring, excellent organization.
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