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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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  1. Changing Conversations in Organizations

    A Complexity Approach to Change

    By Dr Patricia Shaw

    Series: Complexity and Emergence in Organizations

    Drawing on the theoretical foundations laid out in earlier volumes of this series, this book describes an approach to organizational change and development that is informed by a complexity perspective. It clarifies the experience of being in the midst of change. Unlike many books that presume...

    Published July 25th 2002 by Routledge

  2. Complexity and Innovation in Organizations

    By Jose Fonseca

    Series: Complexity and Emergence in Organizations

    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...

    Published November 29th 2001 by Routledge

  3. The Emergence of Leadership

    Linking Self-Organization and Ethics

    By Douglas Griffin

    Series: Complexity and Emergence in Organizations

    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...

    Published November 22nd 2001 by Routledge

  4. The Paradox of Control in Organizations

    By Philip Streatfield

    Series: Complexity and Emergence in Organizations

    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,...

    Published August 30th 2001 by Routledge

  5. Complex Responsive Processes in Organizations

    Learning and Knowledge Creation

    By Ralph Stacey

    Series: Complexity and Emergence in Organizations

    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...

    Published February 15th 2001 by Routledge

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