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Complexity and organizational reality : uncertainty and the need to rethink management after the collapse of investment capitalism

Author: Ralph D Stacey
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Approaches to leadership and management are still dominated by prescriptions - usually claimed as scientific - for top executives to choose the future direction of their organization. This book is  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph D Stacey
ISBN: 9780415556460 0415556465 9780415556477 0415556473 9780203863657 0203863658
OCLC Number: 326670484
Description: xii, 251 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Contradiction: Experiencing the Reality of Uncertainty but Still Believing that Executives choose an Organization's 'direction' --
2. How We came to Believe that Leaders and Managers choose an Organization's Direction: Professional Identification with the Sciences of Certainty --
3. Complexity and the Sciences of Uncertainty: The Importance of Local Interaction in the Emergence of Population-Wide Patterns of Continuity and Change --
4. Complexity and What most Writers on Organizations do with it: Obscuring Local Interaction and mostly Re-Presenting the Dominant Discourse --
5. Understanding Organizations as Games we are Pre-Occupied in: Finding Ourselves Immersed in Local Interaction and using Abstract Management Tools at the Same Time --
6. Understanding Organizations as Social Processes: The Interplay of Abstracting and Immersing Producing Outcomes No-One Chooses --
7. Managers Accomplish Whatever they Accomplish in Processes of Communication --
8. Turning the Dominant Management Discourse on its Head: Organizational Continuity and Transformation Emerging in Local Interaction rather than being Chosen by Managers --
9. Local and Population-Wide Patterns of Power Relations and Ideology: The Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Organizations --
10. Implications of a Theory of Complex Responsive Processes for Policy Making, Consultancy, Leadership, Management, Organizational Research and Management Development.
Responsibility: Ralph D. Stacey.

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