Managing the Unknowable: Strategic Boundaries Between Order and Chaos in Organizations / Edition 1

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Overview

It's What You Don't Know That Counts

Discover the important roles chance and uncertainty play in successful strategic planning. In this ingenious work, author Ralph D. Stacey shows managers how their companies can benefit from the unexpected developments that impact their business and how they can prepare to creatively leverage the opportunities such developments present. He explains how an appreciation of conflict and team dialogue can help managers discover and build on the innate energy of their organizations. And he illustrates his theories with real-world examples from Sony, Kodak, Federal Express and other noted market innovators.

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Stacey (strategic management, U. of Herefordshire, England) shows how the principles of chaos science not only can, but necessarily do, affect the management of business organizations. He explains how managers can use the daily chaotic interactions within a company, the unavoidable uncertainties and instabilities, to increase efficiency and competitiveness; and presents case studies from Sony, Kodak, Federal Express, and other corporate giants. Assumes no knowledge of how management, or any other nonlinear dynamical system, was thought to work before chaos. Published in Europe as Managing Chaos: no date noted. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555424633
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/8/1992
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Management Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

The Author.

New Mind-Sets for Managing the Future.

The Failure of Conventional Management: Using Orderly Strategies in a Disorderly World.

Stable Instability: Creating the Far-from-Equillibium Organization.

Creativity and Continuous Chaos: Discovering the Undiscovered in Complex Organizations.

Strategic Thinking and Continuous Contention: Confronting an Open-Anded Future.

Strategic Agenda: Deciphering the Patterns in Goals and Actions.

Strategic Control: Managing the Boundary Between Plans and Change.

Participation, Heirarchy, and Stability: Finding the Middle Ground.

Steps Toward Managing an Unkowable Future.

Note.

Index.

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