Complexity and Management

Complexity and Management

by Ralph D. Stacey, Patricia Shaw, Douglas Griffin
     
 

Complexity theory is generating increasing interest amongst strategic thinkers. This fascinating book covers issues such as predictability, creativity and relationships as it considers how complexity, and its central principles of emergence and self-organization, are being used to understand organizations. The book:


  • introduces the variety of views

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Overview

Complexity theory is generating increasing interest amongst strategic thinkers. This fascinating book covers issues such as predictability, creativity and relationships as it considers how complexity, and its central principles of emergence and self-organization, are being used to understand organizations. The book:


  • introduces the variety of views put forward by different writers on complexity and management

  • outlines and critiques the way that complexity theory is frequently interpreted purely in the context of systems thinking

  • draws a new perspective on using complexity sciences to understand organizational stability and change by focusing on the emergence of novelty and creativity in the course of everyday processes

  • calls for a radical re-examination of management thinking.

Timely and controversial, Complexity and Management is essential reading for anyone interested in strategy, systems thinking, organization and management theory, and organizational change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415247603
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Complexity and Emergence in Organization Series
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Getting Things Done in Organizations 2. The Age Old Question of Stability 3. Moving Toward an Unknowable Future 4. Limits of Systems Thinking: Focusing on Knowable Futures 5. How the Complexity Sciences Deal with the Future 6. Complexity and the Emergence of Novelty 7. Differing Views on Complexity in Organizations 8.Complexity and Human Action 9. Getting Things Done in Organizations: From Systems to Complex Responsive Processes. Appendices. References

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