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Emergence: The Archives 1999-2003

Written/Edited by: Michael R. Lissack, Jacco van Uden and Kurt A. Richardson
2004, ISBN 9780976681427 (2603 pages), ISCE Publishing

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The emerging theory of complex systems research has resulted in a growing movement to reinvigorate management. Theory, research, practice, and education can all benefit by adopting a more dynamic, systemic, cognitive, and holistic approach to the management process. As interest in the study of complex systems has grown, a new vocabulary is emerging to describe discoveries about wide-ranging and fundamental phenomena. Complexity theory research has allowed for new insights into many phenomena and for the development of new manners of discussing issues regarding management and organizations. A shared language based on the insights of complexity can have an important role in a management context. The use of complexity theory concepts and metaphors can change the way managers think about the problems they face. Instead of competing in a game or a war, managers of a complexity thinking enterprise are trying to find their way on an ever changing, ever turbulent landscape. Such a conception of their organizations’ basic task can, in turn, change the day-to-day decisions made by management. The most productive applications of complexity insights have to do with new possibilities for innovation in organizations. These possibilities require new ways of thinking, but old models of thinking persist long after they are productive. New ways of thinking don’t just happen; they require new models which have to be learned. Emergence is dedicated to helping both practicing managers and academics acquire, understand and examine these new mental models. Emergence publishes articles of a qualitative nature relating complex systems, sensemaking, psychology, philosophy, semiotics, and cognitive science to the management of organizations both public and private. The readers of Emergence are managers, academics, consultants, and others interested in the possibility of applying the insights of the science of complex systems to day-to-day management and leadership problems. This special archive collection contains over 120 complexity and m

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