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Controls and Constraints

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We teach managers to seek control and eliminate constraints. In contrast artists often create constraints and lose control. That may be something of an exaggeration, but it also has a ring of truth. As a manager I saw constraints as something generally negative and control as something generally positive – lack of control was a sin when pointed out by auditors. In contrast as an artist I often intentionally construct complex constraints for my work and scoff at control, saying something like, “control is an illusion”. As a scholar I wonder about the implications of this difference.



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