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The Paradox of the Fallacious Myths of Institutions

The unicist approach to institutions defines that the fallacious myths of institutions sustain the “spirit de corps” of their organizations. They are absolutely necessary although they hinder improvement.

The identification of the fallacious myths allows defining the possibilities to influence them.

The unicist role of the institutions in an environment defines the type of fallacious myths they need to avoid disgregation. There are basically four basic roles of an institution:

The Number 1:

These are the institutions that set the standards in their field of action.

The Number 2 – The innovator:

They are institutions that propose a new standard defying the Nr. 1

The Differentiated Participant:

They are a sort of Nr. 3. These institutions are followers of the Nr. 1.

Non Differentiated Participant:

These institutions are marginal in the market and their major problem is survival.

About Institutional Fallacious Myths

Fallacious myths of the Innovator – The myth of the value added:

Innovation doesn’t imply necessarily the generation of added value. Innovators generate naturally the fallacious myth of added value to justify their innovation.

The fallacious myths are based on the potential benefit of an innovation if the user had the same values of the innovator.

Fallacious myths of the Nr. 1 – The myths of ethics:

They generate fallacious myths of ethics to sustain their dominant position and the imposition of their standards. This ethics has a strong moral basement.

This fallacious myth is sustained by a strong feeling of impunity based on their dominating role.

Fallacious myths of the Differentiated Participant – The myth of self-sufficiency:

Differentiated participants are followers; therefore they do not invest in many of the fields the Nr. 1 invests, such as: image building, training, R&D, etc.

They need to believe that they are self-sufficient and that investments are unnecessary.

They generate the fallacious myths of self-sufficiency when the environment demands the investments they are not willing to make.

The fallacious myth of Non Differentiated Participants – The myth of justification:

These are organizations based on survivors’ ethics. They need to justify their surviving actions when they are not able to deal with the ethics of a market. Justifications define the need of actions. The fallacious myth of justification sustains the ethics of non differentiated participants’ actions.


Human fallacious behavior always includes individual, institutional and social fallacies. These fallacies are integrated in order to avoid that individuals face unbearable realities in a given environment.

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