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Complexity and Emergence in Organizations

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This controversial series explains how the application of complexity science to today's organization could have radical implications for management practice.

Each book gives expression to a particular way of thinking about complexity in organizations. Drawing on insights from the complexity sciences, psychology and sociology, they develop theories of human organization, including ethics. The titles all build into a comprehensive resource, providing essential reading for anyone interested in strategy, systems thinking, organization and management theory and organizational change.

4 Series Titles

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Complex Responsive Processes in Organizations Learning and Knowledge Creation

Complex Responsive Processes in Organizations: Learning and Knowledge Creation

1st Edition

By Ralph Stacey
March 27, 2001

The past decade has seen increasing focus on the importance of information and knowledge in economic and social processes, the so-called 'knowledge economy'. This is reflected in the popularity amongst practicing managers and organizational theorists of notions of learning, sense-making, knowledge ...

The Emergence of Leadership Linking Self-Organization and Ethics

The Emergence of Leadership: Linking Self-Organization and Ethics

1st Edition

By Douglas Griffin
December 29, 2001

The second half of the twentieth century witnessed the emergence of the most complex global organizations ever known. Taking a complexity theory perspective, this book explores the key factor that sustains them: leadership. The book examines how leadership is currently understood primarily from a ...

The Paradox of Control in Organizations

The Paradox of Control in Organizations

1st Edition

By Philip Streatfield
October 12, 2001

Business leaders are expected to be 'in control' of the situation in which their businesses find themselves. But how can organizational leaders and managers control matters entirely out of their hands; such as the next action a competitor takes, or the next law a government may pass? In this book, ...

Complexity and Innovation in Organizations

Complexity and Innovation in Organizations

1st Edition

By Jose Fonseca
January 11, 2002

Taking a critical look at major perspectives on innovation, this book suggests that innovation is not a designed functional activity of a firm or an intentional process through which firms anticipate changes in conditions.  Jose Fonseca proposes that the concepts behind the innovation ...

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