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Complexity and the Experience of Leading Organizations

Complexity and the Experience of Leading Organizations Author Douglas Griffin
ISBN-10 0415366933
Release 2005
Pages 208
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The contributors to this book are leaders, consultants or managers in organizations who provide narrative accounts of their actual work and daily experience. They explore how the perspective of complex responsive processes assists them to make sense of their experience and so to develop their practice. Offering a different method of making sense of an individual's experience in a rapidly changing world, this book uses reflective accounts of ordinary everyday life in organizations rather than idealized accounts. The editors' commentary introduces and contextualizes these experiences as well as drawing out key themes for further research.

Complexity and the Experience of Managing in Public Sector Organizations

Complexity and the Experience of Managing in Public Sector Organizations Author Ralph Stacey
ISBN-10 9781134210527
Release 2007-05-07
Pages 198
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A fundamental problem of public sector governance relates to the very way of thinking it reflects; where organization is thought of as a ‘thing’, a system designed to deliver what its designers choose. This volume questions that way of thinking and takes a perspective in which organizations are complex responsive processes of relating between people. Bringing together the work of participants on the Doctor of Management program at Hertfordshire University, this book focuses on the move to marketization and managerialism, paying particular attention to human relationships and group dynamics. The contributors provide narrative accounts of their work addressing questions of management, pressures, accountability, responsiveness and traditional systems perspectives. In considering such questions in terms of their daily experience, they explore how the perspective of complex responsive processes assists them in making sense of experience and developing practice. Including an editors’ commentary which introduces and contextualizes these experiences as well as drawing out key themes for further research, this book will be of value to academics, students and practitioners looking for reflective accounts of real life experiences rather than further prescriptions of what organizational life ought to be.

Making Change in Complex Organizations

Making Change in Complex Organizations Author George K. Strodtbeck
ISBN-10 9780873899284
Release 2016-04-11
Pages 142
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This book is written for the leader or management team of any complex organization attempting to lead an organization-wide change. Successfully leading change has never been easy. Many realities of life in the 21st century have combined to intensify the challenge. This book captures the lessons learned during more than 43 years of experience working in complex, large-scale organizations, 14 years between West Point and the United States Army and more than 29 years in two large, very different American companies. These lessons learned are shared in the hope that it will help others lead change successfully and avoid at least some of the pitfalls that come with it. The principles and questions in this book also benefit leaders making changes in the small organization or those who desire to transform their small organization into a large one. This book is intended to serve as a leaders’ guide of things to think about and how to plan for successful change. Many books have been written about management and leadership, as well as the dos and must-dos of leading an organization. But few books discuss what it takes to make changes in today’s complex organizations, and those that do are often written by consultants who have not practiced what they propose over any significant period of time. This book, by contrast, draws lessons from a successful long-term change made by leaders who had a personal and financial stake in the organization’s success and saw the change all the way through. "In my 40 years at Cummins one of the most successful changes made was our adoption of Six Sigma. When I became CEO it was clear that we needed to improve our product and overall business performance. We chose Six Sigma to help us do that. George's book concisely captures many of the things we had to think about when implementing Six Sigma throughout the company. I believe this is a good guide for any leader contemplating making an organization-wide change." Tim Solso, former CEO, Cummins, Inc. "As CEO I have discovered that just saying I want something done doesn’t make it happen. Change done well is hard work. George’s book is a practical go-to guide for driving lasting change." Tom Linebarger, CEO, Cummins, Inc. "In medicine today ever-higher quality has become an expectation. This expectation is causing us increasingly to transition from volume-based to value-based medicine. As an industry we are quickly adapting to this new value-based world. However, organizations don’t transform easily. It requires dedicated and engaged teams to be leaders of change in their industry. I have been waiting for a book like this for years…whether you are a medical student or a senior attending physician…George Strodtbeck’s book on Making Change is a must read!!!" James Grant, M.D., Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, MI "George Strodtbeck draws on more than three decades of personal experience in planning and executing change in complex organizations. His incisive, fast-paced writing explains, engages and motivates. His guidance is candid about challenges faced but simultaneously practical and actionable in today’s organizations. This book is for any leader seeking to accelerate the pace of change, improvement and innovation in their organizations." Mohan V. Tatikonda, PhD, Professor of Operations Management, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

Tools and Techniques of Leadership and Management

Tools and Techniques of Leadership and Management Author Ralph D. Stacey
ISBN-10 9780415531177
Release 2012
Pages 182
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This book takes a completely different approach. It contests the claims that the tools and techniques are based on evidence and explains why human activities of leading and managing are simply not amenable to scientific proof and consequently, why long-term futures of organizations are unpredictable.

Complexity and Innovation in Organizations

Complexity and Innovation in Organizations Author José Fonseca
ISBN-10 0415250293
Release 2002
Pages 130
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Taking a critical look at major perspectives on innovation, this book suggests that innovation is not a designed functional activity of a firm or an intentional process through which firms anticipate changes in conditions. Jose Fonseca proposes that the concepts behind the innovation experiences cannot be traced to any particular time, space or individual, even if one person has figured prominently. The innovative ideas in the examples considered did not occur as a direct product of a purposeful search triggered by the perception of some problem to solve, nor did they result from a sequential process that was laid out in advance. Instead, innovative ideas were a product of streams of conversations that extended over long periods of time and were characterized by critical degrees of misunderstanding and redundancy. Fonseca's book presents innovation as new meaning potentially emerging in ongoing, every-day conversations. Drawing on the theory of complex responsive process, developed in the first two volumes of this series, Fonseca presents a particular way of understanding innovation. The experiences of innovation studied in this book suggest that innovations do not start with a match between a need to be satisfied and a set of competencies and tools purposefully brought together to meet the need. On the contrary, identification of need is a consequence of success, rather than a pre-condition. The innovations studied in this book (a selection of innovation experiences from Portugal are considered) were subject to constant and never ending redefinition.

Changing Conversations in Organizations

Changing Conversations in Organizations Author Dr Patricia Shaw
ISBN-10 9781134535323
Release 2003-09-02
Pages 208
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Drawing on the theoretical foundations laid out in earlier volumes of this series, this book describes an approach to organizational change and development that is informed by a complexity perspective. It clarifies the experience of being in the midst of change. Unlike many books that presume clarity of foresight or hindsight, the author focuses on the essential uncertainty of participating in evolving events as they happen and considers the creative possibilities of such participation. Most methodologies for organizational change are firmly rooted in systems thinking, as are many approaches to process consultation and facilitation. This book questions the suggestion that we can choose and design new futures for our organizations in the way we often hope. Avoiding the widely favoured use of two by two matrices, idealized schemas and simplified typologies that characterize much of the management literature on change, this book encourages the reader to live in the immediate paradoxes and complexities of organizational life, where we must act with intention into the unknowable. The author uses detailed reflective narrative to evoke and elaborate on the experience of participating in the conversational processes of human organizing. It asserts that possibilities are perpetually sustained and changed by the conversational life of organizations. This book will be valuable to consultants, managers and leaders, indeed all those who are dissatisfied with idealized models of change and are searching for ways to develop an effective change practice.

The Emergence of Leadership

The Emergence of Leadership Author Douglas Griffin
ISBN-10 0415249171
Release 2002
Pages 228
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The second half of the twentieth century witnessed the emergence of the most complex global organizations ever known. Taking a complexity theory perspective, this book explores the key factor that sustains them: leadership. The book examines how leadership is currently understood primarily from a systems based perspective, as an attribute of the individual, the leadership role being to articulate values, missions and visions and then persuade others to adhere to them. It argues for a new view of ethics as co-created through identity and difference, representing the end of 'business ethics' as we know it today. Areas considered include: risk and conflict spontaneity and motivation. In the past we have focused on the choices of individual leaders. In today's highly complex organizations we are now coming to understand the nature of leadership as self-organizing and, as such, closely linked to ethics. This means that we can no longer understand ethics simply as centered rational choice in planning and action.

Managing Complexity in Global Organizations

Managing Complexity in Global Organizations Author Ulrich Steger
ISBN-10 047051311X
Release 2007-04-04
Pages 312
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This book delivers new IMD insights on an emerging challenge - how to deal with overwhelming complexity. Global organizations face a complex decision-making environment. On one side, diversity of cultures, customers, competitors and regulations creates complexity; on the other, competitive pressures cause expanding countries to extract more synergies across products and regions. In such a climate, a new way of thinking, acting and organizing is needed beyond the familiar ‘control’ mindset. Drawing together insights from across the expert faculty, Managing Complexity in the Global Organization presents IMD’s framework on how to understand complexity and its four key drivers (diversity; interdependence; ambiguity and flux), along with solutions on specific issues in a variety of functions, industries and markets. The focus is on providing practical solutions based on real-life examples.

Complexity Leadership

Complexity Leadership Author Mary UhlBien
ISBN-10 9781607526285
Release 2007-12-01
Pages 449
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This book introduces leadership and organizational scholars to the potenial of complexity science for broadening leadership study beyond its traditional focus on leaders’ actions and influence, to a consideration of leadership as a broader, dynamically and interactive organizing process. The book offers a primer on complexity science and its applications to organization studies, and compares the logics of complexity science with those underlying traditional leadership approaches. It describes methodological approaches for studying leadership from a complexity perspective, and offers examples of applications of complexity science to leadership theory. Chapters are written by top scholars in complexity and leadership theory.

Experiencing Risk Spontaneity and Improvisation in Organizational Change

Experiencing Risk  Spontaneity and Improvisation in Organizational Change Author Patricia Shaw
ISBN-10 0415351294
Release 2006
Pages 145
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Introduces and explores the possible meanings of the idea of 'working live'. This book makes sense of the sense-making experience itself, drawing attention to the way ideas and concepts emerge 'live' in several conversations in organizations. It is of interest to readers looking for reflective accounts of real life experiences in organizations.

Organize for Complexity

Organize for Complexity Author Niels Pflaeging
ISBN-10 0991537602
Release 2014-02-20
Pages 650
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A book about complexity and work - and about how to deal productively with both. A condensed introduction to the theory and practice of organizational high performance. A manifesto for contemporary leadership and profound transformation in organizations of all kinds. 2nd eidition. Now with a bonus chapter! "Boldly, Pflaeging dissects classic management theory and in a well-humored manner, offers coherent alternatives." Harvard Business Review "Niels Pflaeging is the father of the end of management." Winfried Felser, competence-site "When Pflaeging shakes the dogmas of management, they crumble in his hands." Financial Times Germany "Niels Pflaeging is always right up front, where the new in business is getting measured and mapped." Peter Felixberger, changeX

Complexity Organizations and Change

Complexity  Organizations and Change Author Elizabeth McMillan
ISBN-10 9781134379859
Release 2004-07-31
Pages 208
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Complexity science has seriously challenged long-held views in the scientific community about how the world works. These ideas, particularly about the living world, also have radical and profound implications for organizations and society as a whole. Available in paperback for the first time, this insightful book describes and considers ideas from complexity science and examines their use in organizations, especially in bringing about major organizational change. Author McMillan explores how organizations, their design, the way they operate and, importantly, the people who co-create them, are thought of. Explaining the history and development of complexity science in an accessible way for the non-scientific reader, this outstanding book describes key concepts and their use in theory and practice. Illustrated with real-life examples from organizations in the UK, Europe and the USA, the book includes an in-depth case study of an organization which used complexity principles as part of a strategic change intervention. From this, useful models for introducing a complexity-based change process are derived. Complexity, Organizations and Change will appeal to academics, researchers and advanced students who are interested in complexity science and what it means for strategy, organization and management theory and organizational change.

Leading Continuous Change

Leading Continuous Change Author Bill Pasmore
ISBN-10 9781626564435
Release 2015-08-17
Pages 232
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Most change efforts fail because most change methods are built to deal with single challenges in a nice, neat, linear way. But leaders know that today, pressures for change don't come at you one at a time; they come all at once. It's like riding a roller coaster: sudden drops, jarring turns, anxious climbs into the unknown. Drawing on his years of experience at the Center for Creative Leadership and Columbia University, Bill Pasmore offers a four-part model and four mindsets that allow leaders to deal with multiple changes simultaneously without drowning in the churn. The first step, Pasmore says, is to Discover which external pressures for change are the most necessary to address. The key here is to think fewer—step away from the buffet of possibilities and pinpoint the highest-impact options. Then you need to Decide how many change efforts your organization can handle. Here the mindset is to think scarcer—you have only so many people and so many resources, so how do you best use them? Once you've figured that out, it's time to Do—and here you want to think faster. Streamline processes and engage in rapid prototyping so you can learn quickly and cost-effectively. The last step is to Discern what worked and what didn't, so think smarter—develop metrics, identify trends, and make sure learnings are disseminated throughout the organization. For each stage of the process, Pasmore offers detailed advice, practical tools, and real-world examples. This book is a comprehensive guide to navigating change the way it happens now.

Complexity and Organization

Complexity and Organization Author Robert Macintosh
ISBN-10 9781134527199
Release 2013-10-16
Pages 312
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In the past decade, complexity-based thinking has exerted an increasing, yet somewhat controversial authority over management theory and practice. This has in some part been due to the influence of a number of high-profile articles and the not inconsiderable hype which has accompanied them. Another feature of the subject’s development has been the diversity of the origins of the thinking and the claims which have been made for it in terms of managerial and organizational implications. Complexity and Organization is the first text to bring this thinking together, presenting some of the most influential writing in the field, showing how the subject has developed and how it continues to influence managerial thinking. Seminal contributions to the field have been brought together in a single accessible volume, allowing readers to access what might otherwise appear a very diverse body of literature. Moreover, the editors, who represent some of the leading thinkers and writers in this field, have combined these readings with a unique commentary, indicating not only the importance of the papers but teasing out the subtle but significant differences and similarities between them. These commentaries take the form of a discussion between the editors, debating the contribution that each paper has made to the field and the influence it has had on management thinking.

Organization Design

Organization Design Author Nicolay Worren
ISBN-10 9781351383639
Release 2018-05-20
Pages 310
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A well-designed organization is an effective organization. Decisions about organization design determine the shape and form of the organization – not only the reporting structure and authority relations, but also the number and size of sub-units and the interfaces between the sub-units. Indirectly, such decisions affect individual productivity as well as the organization’s ability to attain strategic goals. ??? Organization Design equips the reader with advanced tools and frameworks, based on both research and practical experience, for understanding and re-designing organizations. Particular emphasis is placed on how one can improve effectiveness by simplifying complex roles, processes, and structures. ??? Readers will find thorough conceptual explanations combined with examples from different industries. This updated second edition includes a new chapter about traditional organizational forms, and is complemented by a companion website. This textbook will be essential reading for students, scholars, and practitioners.

Complexity and the Experience of Values Conflict and Compromise in Organizations

Complexity and the Experience of Values  Conflict and Compromise in Organizations Author Ralph Stacey
ISBN-10 9781134049103
Release 2008-03-20
Pages 160
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What role do values play in organizational life? How do they shape the efficiency and effectiveness of organizational change? This volume examines what we actually mean when we use the term values and what it means to act according to values in ordinary everyday life. The contributors to this volume provide an exposition of the circular relationship between values, conflict, and compromise. It can be said that current research lacks a thorough exploration of what we actually mean by human values and what it means to act according to values in ordinary, everyday life in organizations. This is what the chapters in this volume seek to address through the reflections of organizational practitioners on their ordinary work in organizations. Covering subject areas such as organizational theory and behaviour, and organizational analysis as well as the sociology of work and industry, this book will appeal to researchers and practitioners alike.

Simply Effective

Simply Effective Author Ron Ashkenas
ISBN-10 1422156176
Release 2009-02-08
Pages 224
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The level of complexity in most organizations today is staggering-and it's only getting worse. There are so many choices to be made, people to involve, processes to manage, and facts to analyze, it's impossible to get things done. And in today's hypercompetitive world, that can be fatal. Yet complexity doesn't happen on its own. Managers unwittingly create it, often through well-intended decisions. In Simply Effective, Ron Ashkenas provides a playbook for regaining control, focused on the four major causes of complexity: -Constant changes in organizational structures -Proliferation of products and services -Evolution of business processes -Time-wasting managerial behaviors The author provides a diagnostic for identifying how these causes of complexity are affecting your organization-and presents practical tactics for combating each one. Ashkenas also explains how to craft a strategy that will make simplification an ongoing driver of your company's success-no matter where you work in your organization. Abundant examples from companies like ConAgra Foods, GE, Cisco, Zurich Financial Services, and Johnson & Johnson illuminate his points. A crucial resource in today's overly complex age, Simply Effective should be required reading for everyone on your management team.