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Leadership and the new science : learning about organization from an orderly universe

Author: Margaret J Wheatley
Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, ©1992.
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""Each of us lives and works in organizations designed from Newtonian images of the universe," Margaret Wheatley writes in this groundbreaking book. "Our assumptions come to us from seventeenth-century physics, from Newtonian mechanics. ... But the science has changed. If we are to continue to draw from the sciences to create and manage organizations, then we need to at least ground our work in the science of our  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret J Wheatley
ISBN: 188105201X 9781881052012
OCLC Number: 25410788
Description: xvi, 164 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Searching for a simpler way to lead organizations --
Discovering an orderly world --
Newtonian organizations in a quantum age --
Space is not empty: invisible fields that shape behavior --
The participative nature of the universe --
Change, stability, and renewal: the paradoxes of self-organizing systems --
The creative energy of the universe --
information --
Chaos and the strange attractor of meaning --
The new scientific management --
Epilogue: being comfortable with uncertainty.
Responsibility: Margaret J. Wheatley.

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""Each of us lives and works in organizations designed from Newtonian images of the universe," Margaret Wheatley writes in this groundbreaking book. "Our assumptions come to us from seventeenth-century physics, from Newtonian mechanics. ... But the science has changed. If we are to continue to draw from the sciences to create and manage organizations, then we need to at least ground our work in the science of our times. We need to stop seeking after the universe of the seventeenth century and begin to explore what has become known to us in the twentieth century."" "Wheatley takes the reader on a mind-opening journey into the "new science"--The revolutionary discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and molecular biology that are changing our understanding of the universe. And she applies these scientific concepts to offer new light on the fundamental issues of organizing work, people, and life, including: how can we find order in a chaotic world?; how is order different than control?; how can we create more participative, open, and adaptive organizations?; how can we reconcile individual autonomy and organizational control?; and what leads to organizational growth and self-renewal instead of decline and death?"--Jacket.

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