Complex Responsive Processes in Organizations
Learning and Knowledge Creation
By (author) Ralph D. Stacey
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Complex Responsive Processes in Organizations by Ralph D. Stacey
Book DescriptionThe past decade has seen increasing focus on the importance of information and knowledge in economic and social processes, the so-called 'knowledge economy'. This is reflected in the popularity amongst practicing managers and organizational theorists of notions of learning, sense-making, knowledge creation, knowledge management and intellectual capital in organizations and more recently, of emotional intelligence as an important management skill. This insightful book: * argues that the information processing view of knowledge creation held by systems thinkers is no longer tenable * develops the alternative perspective of Complex Responsive Processes of relating, drawing on the complexity sciences as a source for analogies with human action * places self-organizing interaction at the centre of the knowledge creating process in organizations. Learning and knowledge creation are seen as qualitative processes of power relating that are emotional as well as intellectual, creative as well as destructive, enabling as well as constraining, and the result is a radical questioning of the belief that organizational knowledge is essentially codified and centralized. Instead, organizational knowledge is understood to be in the relationships between people in an organization and has to do with the qualities of those relationships.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415249195
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ralph D. Stacey
Complexity and Group Processes, Paperback (March 2014)
Complexity theory provides a model for understanding human behaviour that is not based on the individual. It attracts a great deal of attention in the area of organisations and management, & this interest is rapidly spreading to psychology.
Complexity and Organizational Reality, Paperback (December 2009)
Approaches to leadership and management are dominated by prescriptions for top executives to choose the future direction of their organization. Presenting organizations as a series of complex responsive processes, this book helps us to see organizational reality for what it actually is.
Complexity and Organization, Paperback (December 2005)» View all books by Ralph D. Stacey
Brings complexity-based thinking together with management theory and practice, presenting some influential writing in the field and showing how the subject has developed.
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Author Biography - Ralph D. Stacey
Ralph Stacey is Professor of Management and Director of the Complexity and Management Centre at the University of Hertfordshire, and a member of the Institute of Group Analysis. He is also consultant to managers at many levels accross a range of organizations and the author of a number of books and articles on strategy and complexity theory in management.
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