Graduate studies at Western
Emergence 3 (2):6-18 (2001)
|Abstract||It is becoming rather monotonous continually reading articles that tell us how the concept of and the requirements for the modern organization are changing, how these are more complex than ever, and how a paradigm shift is necessary in order to facilitate our continued analysis, and management, of such entities. We are told that we must distribute decision making, encourage individual autonomy, and strive to innovate in the rapidly changing environment that characterizes the apparent New World Order. The list is as far reaching as it is impressive. These concepts coincide with a new, or at least emerging, description of organizations. This “paradigm” appears, from particular presentations at least, wholly to reject the long-held prevailing paradigm of the mechanistic, efficiency-driven, hierarchical, command-and-control organization. (We would question the “whollyness” of this position.) Complexity science has emerged from the field of possible candidates as a prime contender for the top spot in the next era of management science.|
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