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Complexity in Organization Studies

Four Volume Set
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January 2012 | 1 770 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This major work provides a coherent and essential reference for researchers and students seeking to understand complexity approaches to organization studies. The four-volume set brings together a comprehensive collection of groundbreaking and significant articles from an emerging research field which has seen a strong growing and expanding interest in many knowledge areas of social and human sciences in the last two decades. The set includes explorations and critique of the scientific and philosophical foundations, as well as theoretical and methodological orientations of complexity to organizational issues. In addition, it contains a large number of articles on practical implications and applications of complexity thinking in important areas of organization studies, such as leadership, organizational development, strategy and innovation. The sets' articles have been selected by renowned editors in the field, with the support of an international advisory board.
 
VOLUME ONE: WAYS OF THINKING ABOUT COMPLEXITY
 
PART ONE: SCIENTIFIC IDEAS AND PHILOSOPHICAL TREATMENTS
Ilya Prigogine
Time, Structure and Fluctuations
Edgar Morin
From the Concept of a System to the Paradigm of Complexity
Murray Gell-Mann
What Is Complexity?
Peter M. Allen
Evolving Complexity in Social Science
Jeffrey Goldstein
Emergence
A Construct amid a Thicket of Conceptual Snares

 
Michael Dillon
Post-Structuralism, Complexity and Poetics
Hugo Letiche
Phenomenal Complexity Theory as Informed by Bergson
Lesley Kuhn
Complexity, Cybernetics and Human Knowing
Isabelle Stengers
The Challenge of Complexity
Unfolding the Ethics of Science - In Memoriam Ilya Prigogine

 
Paul Cilliers
Complexity, Deconstruction and Relativism
Klaus Mainzer
Challenges of Complexity in the 21st Century
An Interdisciplinary Introduction

 
 
PART TWO: SOCIOLOGICAL TREATMENTS AND CRITICISM
Hans Joas
Giddens' Theory of Structuration
Introductory Remarks on a Sociological Transformation of the Philosophy of Praxis

 
John Shotter
A Poetics of Relational Forms
The Sociality of Everyday Social Life

 
Ian Burkitt
The Shifting Concept of the Self
Michael Agar
Complexity Theory
An Exploration and Overview Based on John Holland's Work

 
Michael G. Flaherty and Gary Alan Fine
Present, Past and Future
Conjugating George Herbert Mead's Perspective on Time

 
Simonetta Tabboni
The Idea of Social Time in Norbert Elias
Chunglin Kwa
Romantic and Baroque Conceptions of Complex Wholes in the Sciences
Adrian Mackenzie
The Problem of the Attractor
A Singular Generality between Science and Social Theory

 
Lesley Kuhn
Why Utilize Complexity Principles in Social Inquiry?
 
VOLUME TWO: THEORIZING COMPLEXITY IN ORGANIZATION STUDIES
 
PART ONE: METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES
Robert Chia
From Complexity Science to Complex Thinking
Organizations as Simple Location

 
Alfonso Montuori
Complexity, Epistemology and the Challenge of the Future
K. Mathews et al
Why Study the Complexity Sciences in the Social Sciences?
Paul Cilliers
Boundaries, Hierarchies and Networks in Complex Systems
Michael R. Lissack, Michael Richardson and Kurt A. Richardson
When Modeling Social Systems, Models ? the Modeled
Reacting to Wolfram's A New Kind of Science

 
Haridimos Tsoukas and Mary Jo Hatch
Complex Thinking, Complex Practice
The Case for a Narrative Approach to Organizational Complexity

 
Jacco Van Ude, Kurt A. Richardson and Paul Cilliers
Postmodernism Revisited?
Complexity Science and the Study of Organizations

 
Lesley Kuhn and Robert Woog
Vortical Postmodern Ethnography
Introducing a Complexity Approach to Systemic Social Theorizing

 
Zhu Zhichang
Complexity Science, Systems Thinking and Pragmatic Sensibility
 
PART TWO: ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES
W. Brian Arthur
Competing Technologies, Increasing Returns and Lock-in by Small Historical Events
James W. Begun
Chaos and Complexity; Frontiers of Organization Science
Philip Anderson
Complexity Theory and Organization Science
Bill McKelvey
Complexity Theory in Organization Science
Seizing the Promise or Becoming a Fad

 
James R. Taylor
The 'Rational' Organization Reconsidered
An Exploration of Some of the Organizational Implications of Self-Organizing

 
Ralph D. Stacey
Organizations as Complex Responsive Processes of Relating
John Shotter
Real Presences
Meaning as Living Moment in a Participatory World

 
Stig O. Johannessen and Ralph D. Stacey
Technology as Social Object
A Complex Responsive Processes Perspective

 
 
VOLUME THREE: IMPLICATIONS AND APPLICATION OF COMPLEXITY
 
Thinking in Organization Studies: Strategy, Organizational Dynamics and Innovation
 
PART ONE: STRATEGY AND ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMICS
Ralph D. Stacey
The Science of Complexity
An Alternative Perspective for Strategic Change Processes

 
Tony McGuinness and Robert E. Morgan
Strategy, Dynamic Capabilities and Complex Science
Management Rhetoric versus Reality

 
David M. Boje
Phenomenal Complexity Theory and Change at Disney
Response to Letiche

 
Robert MacIntosh and Donald MacLean
Conditioned Emergence
Researching Change and Changing Research

 
David Byrne
Complexity Theory and Planning Theory
A Necessary Encounter

 
Kate Houchin and Donald Maclean
Complexity Theory and Strategic Change
An Empirically Informed Critique

 
Miguel Pina e Cunha and Joao Viera da Cunha
Towards a Complexity Theory of Strategy
Metaphors in Complexity Theory and Planning

Angelique Chettiparamb
Bob Hodge and Gabriela Coronado
Understanding Change in Organizations in a Far-from-Equilibrium World
Colin Campbell-Hunt
Complexity in Practice
Niall Ferguson
Complexity and Collapse
Empires on the Edge of Chaos

 
 
PART TWO: INNOVATION, CREATIVITY AND LEARNING
Johan Roos and David Oliver
From Fitness Landscapes to Knowledge Landscapes
David Snowden
Complex Acts of Knowing
Paradox and Descriptive Self-Awareness

 
Alfonso Montuori
The Complexity of Innovation and the Improvization of Complexity
Social Science, Art and Creativity

 
Ralph D. Stacey
Learning as an Activity of Interdependent People
Michael Nolan
The Emergence of Global Stability in Local Interaction in a Consulting Practice
Ysanne Carlisle and Elizabeth McMillan
Innovation in Organizations from a Complex Adaptive Systems Perspective
Gita Surie and James K. Hazy
Generative Leadership
Nurturing Innovation in Complex Systems

 
Carol Webb, Fiona Lettice and Mark Lemon
Facilitating Learning and Innovation in Organizations Using Complexity Science Principles
Stig O. Johannessen and Tone Merethe Berg Aasen
Exploring Innovation Processes from a Complexity Perspective
Part I: Theoretical and Methodological Approach

 
Tone Merethe Berg Aasen and Stig O. Johannessen
Exploring Innovation Processes from a Complexity Perspective
Part II: Experiences from the SIOR Case

 
John Shotter
Situated Dialogic Action Research Disclosing 'Beginnings' for Innovative Change in Organizations
 
VOLUME FOUR: IMPLICATIONS AND APPLICATIONS OF COMPLEXITY
 
Thinking in Organization Studies: Leadership and Organizational Development
 
PART ONE: LEADERSHIP
Douglas Griffin, Patricia Shaw and Ralph D. Stacey
Speaking of Complexity Theory in Management Theory and Practice
Steve Maguire and Bill McKelvey
Complexity and Management
Moving from Fad to Firm Foundations

 
James Taylor
Leadership and Cult Values
Moving from the Idealized to the Experienced

 
David Levick and Lesley Kuhn
Fractality, Organizational Management and Creative Change
Mary Uhl-Bien, Russ Marion and Bill McKelvey
Complexity Leadership Theory
Shifting Leadership from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Era

 
Astrid Scholtens
Controlled Collaboration in Disaster and Crisis Management in The Netherlands
History and Practice of an Overestimated and Underestimated Concept

 
Stig O. Johannessen
The Complexity Turn in Studies of Organizations and Leadership
Relevance and Implications

 
Mary Uhl-Bien and Russ Marion
Complexity Leadership in Bureaucratic Forms of Organizing
A Meso Model

 
Keith Morrison
Complexity Theory, School Leadership and Management
Questions for Theory and Practice

 
 
PART TWO: ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Patricia Shaw
Intervening in the Shadow Systems of Organizations
Consulting from a Complexity Perspective

 
Barry A. Colbert
The Complex Resource-Based View
Implications for Theory and Practice in Strategic Human Resource Management

 
Bjorner Christensen
Emerging Participative Exploration
Consultation as Research

 
Hendrik Wagenaar
Governance, Complexity, and Democratic Participation
How Citizens and Public Officials Harness the Complexities of Neighborhood Decline

 
Farhad Dalal
Skirts, Sarees and Sarongs
The Rhetoric and Reality behind the Celebration of Diversity in Organizational Life

 
Andrew Lee
Executive Coaching and Leading
Nol Groot
Senior Executives and the Emergence of Local Responsibilities
A Complexity Approach to Identity Development and Performance Improvement

 
John H. Tobin
The Myth of Rational Objectivity and Leadership
The Realities of a Hospital Merger from a CEO's Perspective

 

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