Business 100W ASSIGNMENT IV. Applications of Machiavelli
Scenario: Unlike Milton, you now have hope that Tahiti is within your reach (without the fiery conflagration Milton resorted to). You have learned from the master but avoided the cynicism. Surely the world is your oyster, and you have succeeded beyond your wildest dreams at this new company because of the impressive proposal you generated; in fact, your employer implemented your ideas, and your brilliance resulted in yet another promotion. Your new position, oddly enough, is something of a sinecure and has given you more time than you ever dreamed possible to think critically and creatively, something upper management seems to encourage strongly these days. As a result, your thoughts turn towards a text you recently read, The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (assigned to you by some long forgotten professor now). Still, you cannot help but think about how this fifteenth century author has wormed his way into your heart as you reflect on the world around you and the events that have unfolded at your company. Now your two worlds collide in a most abrupt manner. Consider the company you have been working with over the quarter for assignments two and three. Return to the library and the ample resources available to you through UCR to research the company even further. In what ways does the company you have examined adhere to the ideas Machiavelli discusses? Be specific in your argument and analysis. In what ways does the company in question eschew the ideas of Machiavelli? Rely heavily on Machiavelli, quoting where appropriate and comprehensively explaining/interpreting the quotes. Finally, does your companyʼs adherence to or avoidance of Machiavelliʼs ideas ultimately serve your company well? Why or why not? After an analysis of appropriate passages, explain how the company you have studied manifests (and in what manner) or does not manifest the philosophies Machiavelli espouses. Visual aids in the paper may prove helpful in explaining your ideas. Prove your case, taking into account reasonable counterarguments. Remember, the word corporation comes from the Latin corpus, meaning “body.” Corporations, companies, and businesses are legally viewed as bodies or human beings. While The Prince can refer to the actions of an individual, Machiavelliʼs ideas can also equally be applied to the actions of a corporation
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