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Experiencing Spontaneity, Risk & Improvisation in Organizational Life : Working Live.

Author: Patricia Shaw; Ralph Stacey
Publisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2006. ©2006
Series: Complexity as the experience of organizing.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The perspective of complex responsive processes draws on analogies from the complexity sciences, bringing in the essential characteristics of human agents, understood to emerge in social processes of communicative interaction and power relating. The result is a way of thinking about life in organizations that focuses attention on how organizational members cope with the unknown as they perpetually create  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Shaw, Patricia.
Experiencing Spontaneity, Risk & Improvisation in Organizational Life : Working Live.
Florence : Taylor and Francis, ©2006
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Shaw; Ralph Stacey
ISBN: 9780203696934 020369693X
OCLC Number: 1048428284
Description: 1 online resource (160 pages).
Contents: Book Cover --
Half-Title --
Title --
Copyright --
Contents --
Contributors --
Series Preface --
Preface --
1. Introduction: Working Live --
Editor's Introduction to Chapter 2 --
2. Theatre, Improvisation and Social Change --
Editor's Introduction to Chapter 3 --
3. Risk and 'Acting' into the Unknown --
Editor's Introduction to Chapter 4 --
4. Presence and spontaneity in Improvisational Work --
Editor's Introduction to Chapter 5 --
5. Leading in the Moment: Taking Risks and Living with Anxiety --
6. Complex Responsive Processes as a Theory of Organizational Improvisation --
Index.
Series Title: Complexity as the experience of organizing.

Abstract:

The perspective of complex responsive processes draws on analogies from the complexity sciences, bringing in the essential characteristics of human agents, understood to emerge in social processes of communicative interaction and power relating. The result is a way of thinking about life in organizations that focuses attention on how organizational members cope with the unknown as they perpetually create organizational futures together. This book introduces and explores the possible meanings of the idea of 'working live'. It makes sense of the sense-making experience itself, drawing attention to the way ideas and concepts emerge 'live' in all conversations in organizations. An appreciation of the open-ended, improvisational nature of ongoing human communication becomes key to such an understanding. This book will be of great value to readers looking for reflective accounts of real life experiences in organizations, rather than further prescriptions of what life in organizations ought to be.

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