Managing Emergent Phenomena: Nonlinear Dynamics in Work Organizations / Edition 1

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Chaos, catastrophe, self-organization, and complexity theories (nonlinear dynamics) now have practical and measurable roles in the functioning of work organizations. Managing Emergent Phenomena begins by describing how the concept of an organization has changed from a bureaucracy, to a humanistic and organic system, to a complex adaptive system. The dynamics concepts are then explained along with the most recent research methods for analyzing real data. Applications include: work motivation, personnel selection and turnover, creative thinking by individuals and groups, the development of social networks, coordination in work groups, the emergence of leaders, work performance in organizational hierarchies, economic problems that are relevant to organizations, techniques for predicting the future, and emergency management.

Each application begins with a tight summary of standard thinking on a subject, followed by the new insights that are afforded by nonlinear dynamics and the empirical data supporting those ideas. Unusual concepts are also encountered, such as the organizational unconscious, collective intelligence, and the revolt of the slaved variables. The net results are a new perspective on what is really important in organizational life, original insights on familiar experiences, and some clear signposts for the next generation of nonlinear social scientists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805831634
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Applied Psychology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 405
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Scenes From the Nonlinear House of Panic 1
2 Nonlinear Dynamical Systems Theory 15
3 Structural Equations 55
4 Organizational Change and Development 75
5 Nonlinear Motivation Theory 114
6 Dynamical Theory of Creativity 154
7 Social Networks 191
8 Work Group Coordination 209
9 The Emergence of Leadership 228
10 Work Flows in Hierarchies 252
11 Nonlinear Economics 274
12 Dynamical Systems 298
Epilogue: Whatever Happened to Everything? 327
App. A Data Analysis with Structural Equations 339
App. B The Island Commission Game 347
References 353
Author Index 377
Subject Index 387
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