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Coherence in the midst of complexity : advances in social complexity theory / Hugo Letiche and Michael Lissack with Ron Schultz.

Author/Creator:
Letiche, Hugo K., 1946-
Publication:
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Format/Description:
Book
297 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Social sciences -- Philosophy.
Organizational change.
Organizational behavior.
Complexity (Philosophy).
Emergence (Philosophy).
Summary:
"Complexity and emergence (the appearance and impact of the new) can be the bane of managers and their organizations. Both complexity and emergence threaten to upset adherence to predefined categories, which supposedly allows for efficiency. Indeed, traditional management thinking focuses on a retrospective coherence where ideas and events are assigned to categories, the categories are labeled, and outliers are treated as statistical deviants. The study of how such attributed (retrospective) sense-making breaks down in and around organizations is the focus of social complexity theory. Coherence in the Midst of Complexity discusses the social complexity approach, where dialogue and stories allow for the degrees of freedom needed for the opportunities of emergence to take root. The book focuses on the experience of coherence and how such experiential lessons differ from the establishment and maintenance of categories and labels. The authors offer a four-fold logic for discussing experiential coherence and the embrace of emergence in organizations of all sizes"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note:
Miracles and Nasty Surprises
The Failure of Models & Labels; the Success of Experience & Emergence
Two Kinds of Coherence
Ascribed and Emergent
Models, Homologies & Simulacra
The Ascribed Coherence of Thagard and Weick
Coherence and Business Success
Emergence, Coherence & Narrative
Affordances and Organization
Homology: Sense-Making revisited
But Experience is Different
Complexity tools: the Semiotic Square & Homology
Steps to Implementation.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Lissack, Michael.
Schultz, Ron, 1951-
ISBN:
9780230338500
023033850X
OCLC:
723529985