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. Complexity, Organizations and Change describes and considers ideas and insights from complexity science and their use in organizations, especially in bringing about major organizational change. It is about transforming the way people think about organizations, about their design, the way they operate and most importantly, the people who co-create them. The book explains the history and development of complexity science in an accessible way for the non-scientific reader, describing key concepts and their use in theory and practice. These concepts are fleshed out with real life examples from organizations in the UK, Europe and the US. These include an in-depth case study of an organization which used complexity principles as part of astrategic change intervention. From this, useful models for introducing a complexity based change process are derived. This book 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.
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