Symbiosis in LOs LO11542

Durval Muniz de Castro (
Mon, 23 Dec 1996 08:42:14 -0800

Replying to LO11522 --

Dr. Ivan Blanco wrote:

> BTW, I reserve the term altruism for the relationship between human beings
> as such, and not to refer to the relationship between compamies, although
> I say that organizations are people. A contradiction? Probably!

This contradiction makes a lot of sense to me. Maybe an organization (the
same way as people) has more than one "personality" (or a personality with
many faces or roles). The "competitor" is one of these and altruism does
not apply to it. But an organization has other faces, for instance it may
engage in a community activity. In this case, altruism from a competitor
would not be impossible.


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