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The Paradox of Control in Organizations

1st Edition

By Philip Streatfield

Routledge

174 pages

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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, Philip Streatfield reflects on his own experience as a manager to explore the question: who, or what is 'in control' in an organization?

Adopting the perspective of complex responsive processes developed in the first two volumes of this series, the author takes self-organization and emergence as central themes in thinking about life in organizations. He focuses on the tension between spontaneously forming patterns of conversation and intentional actions arguing that the order of organizations emerges through a combination of collective interaction and individual intentions. The argument is developed by considering the day-to-day experiences of life in a large pharmaceutical organization, SmithKline Beecham.

In today's organization, managers find that they have to live with the paradox of being 'in control' and 'not in control' simultaneously. It is this capacity to live with paradox, and to continue to participate creatively in spite of 'not being in control', that constitutes effective management.

Reviews

'Valuable insights from a practising manager who can reflect on his experience within a framework of academic rigour. A rare and remarkable study.' - Long Range Planning

About the Author

Philip Streatfield is Supply Chain Director at Entertainment UK. Before taking up this position he was Global Logistic Director at SmithKline Beecham where he had responsibility for managing significant organizational change.

About the Series

Complexity and Emergence in Organizations

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS085000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior