MANAGEMENT: Adventure at Aspen

In Aspen, Colo. last week a group of hardheaded U.S. executives stayed up until the small hours of the morning arguing vigorously about the nature of angels. By day they pored over the works of Aristotle, Thoreau, John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx. Inside a hexagonal building, in the midst of an alfalfa field 7,900 ft. above sea level, they met twice daily to discuss such topics as the nature of happiness, the relative merits of justice and charity, the contrasts between democracy and aristocracy.

The executives were workers in an experiment designed to bridge the gap between the practical world...

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