The Postmodern Organization: Mastering the Art of Irreversible Change / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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Draws from the perspectives of social historians, literary critics, and others in the sciences, arts, and humanities to present a unique vision of the postmodern organization a hybrid of the old and the new explaining what it is, how it has evolved. Takes an insightful comparative look at premodern, modern, and postmodern notions of five key dimensions of organizational lifesize and complexity, mission and boundaries, leadership, communication, and capital and worker valuesillustrating how each must evolve if organizations are to remain effective. Details four major models of postmodern organizations, examining their implications for forming new strategies to manage the changing nature of organizational life in the coming years.
About the Author
WILLIAM BERGQUIST is president of The Professional School of Psychology in San Francisco and Sacramento, California. He has written or coauthored more than a dozen books including In Our Fifties (1993) and The Four Cultures of the Academy (1992), both from Jossey-Bass.
Table of Contents
Part One: Farewell to the Old Order
1. From the PAndulum to the Fire: Coming to Terms with Irreversible Change
2. Postmodern Thought in a Nutshell: Where Art and Science Come Together
Part Two: Timeless Challenges Facing the Postmodern Organization
3. Size and Complexity: Can the Center Hold?
4. Mission and Boundaries: Who Are We?
5. Leadership: Who Moves Us and How?
6. Communication: How Do We Tell Our Story?
7. Capital and Worker Values: What Matters in this Organization
Part Three: Organizational Models for Meeting Postmodern Challenges
8. The Hybrid Organization: Linking Diverse Forms and Dynamics
9. The Cyclical Organization: Managing the Interplay Between Order and Chaos
10. The Intersect Organization: Living with Ambiguous Boundaries
11. The Turbulent Organization: Navigating the Warped Plane