Weaving Complexity and Business: Engaging the Soul at Work

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Weaving Complexity and Business brings business people a new way of thinking about and working in the new economy, one that draws on the new science of complexity, which recognizes that business organizations are complex adaptive systems, in which people are crucial but unpredictable factors in their development. It offers managers and companies a deeper understanding of the organizational dynamics of today?s fast-paced/changing business environment both within companies and among them. Moreover, the book ...
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Overview

Weaving Complexity and Business brings business people a new way of thinking about and working in the new economy, one that draws on the new science of complexity, which recognizes that business organizations are complex adaptive systems, in which people are crucial but unpredictable factors in their development. It offers managers and companies a deeper understanding of the organizational dynamics of today?s fast-paced/changing business environment both within companies and among them. Moreover, the book outlines a new theory of business that places human-oriented management practices under a theoretical umbrella of complexity science. The book also contains detailed case studies of successful UK and US companies that have embraced the principles of complexity science.
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John Seely
[E]ssential to anyone struggling to unleash creative adaptability inherent in their organizations and to operate successfully in today's rapidly-changing world.
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The authors draw on ideas from complexity science to suggest that business organizations can adapt and evolve in response to their environment. This work shows how business leaders who have embraced some principles from complexity science have had bottom-line success. First published in hardcover under the title in 2000 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. The authors are members of the Complexity Research Group at the London School of Economics and fellows of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781587990434
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Lewin is a prize-winning author and wrote the acclaimed Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos; recipient of the inaugural Lewis Thomas Award for excellence in the communication of life sciences; and the 1992 Award for contribution to issues in conservation by the Society of Conservation Biology. Between 1990 and 1993, he was a visiting professor in biology at Wayne State University, and an associate of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University from 1993 to 1998. He speaks frequently around the world at conferences on complexity science and business.

Birute Regine is a Harvard-educated developmental psychologist and therapist, who specialises in the dynamics and development of relationships. In 1996 and 1997, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, where she developed a narrative approach to organisational change. A prize-winning writer, she also speaks frequently at conferences on complexity science and business.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Relationships: The New Bottom Line in Business 1
Pt. 1 The World of Complexity Science 17
Ch. 2 The Vernal Pool 19
Ch. 3 Management in Wonderland 34
Ch. 4 The Consequences of Connections 47
Pt. 2 The World of Complexity Experience 61
Preamble: Complexity and Narratives 63
Ch. 5 Muhlenberg Medical Center: Healing Connections 65
Ch. 6 St. Luke's: The Ox That Took Flight 88
Ch. 7 VeriFone: High Tech-High Touch 102
Ch. 8 Cornelia Street and River Cafe: Food for the Soul 125
Ch. 9 DuPont: Down on the Plant 144
Ch. 10 Babel's Paint and Decorating Stores: The Tower of Babel 162
Ch. 11 The Industrial Society: Free to Achieve 181
Ch. 12 Monsanto: Transformation of a Chemical Giant 203
Ch. 13 Alchemists: Changing of the Guardian 224
Pt. 3 The World of Relationships 251
Ch. 14 The Buttercup Effect 253
Ch. 15 Paradoxical Leadership 263
Ch. 16 Emergent Teams 281
Ch. 17 Relational Practice 301
Ch. 18 Care-nections and the Soul at Work 319
Notes 335
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