In the Corporation, Bakan compares the behaviour of large corporations to that of a psychopath.
The DSM-IV’s symptoms of psychopathy include: ‘callous disregard for the feelings of other people, the incapacity to maintain human relationships, reckless disregard for the safety of others, deceitfulness (continual lying to deceive for profit), the incapacity to experience guilt, and the failure to conform to social norms and respect for the law.
The Corporation – Joel Bakan…2004
Bakan is describing the behaviour of a collective being that is un-presenced. Its like a computer program thats gone rogue. The collective being needs to be in ‘mental’ contact with its members. That means, employees and managers need to be aware of it. As they make decisions, as they interact with other organizations they need to be aware of the impact the interaction is having on their own collective being. The collective being is alive, it is a dynamic living form. Its mental and emotional landscape will alter as life events, relationships and decisions interact with it.