Category Archives: Organizations

Knowledge Workers as Fractals in a Complex Adaptive Organization

This paper addresses the link between effective knowledge management in an organization and the organization as a complex adaptive system, which is required to deliver a rapid and high-quality response to social, media-related and technological changes in the environment. In … Continue reading

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From Organizing for Innovation to Innovating for Organization: Co-design in Organizations

Amongst the plethora of methods that have been developed over the years to involve users, suppliers, buyers or other stakeholders in the design of new objects, co-design has been advertised as a way to generate innovation in a more efficient … Continue reading

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From Systems Thinking to Systems Being

A system is a set of interconnected elements which form a whole and show properties which are properties of the whole rather than of the individual elements. This definition is valid for a cell, an organism, a society, or a … Continue reading

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Distributed Leadership in Organizations – A Review of Theory and Research

The aim of this paper is to review conceptual and empirical literature on the concept of distributed leadership (DL) in order to identify its origins, key arguments and areas for further work. Consideration is given to the similarities and differences … Continue reading

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Building Movements, Not Organizations

Creating a healthy, humane world will require more than new organizational designs. It will take rethinking the nature of organizations entirely. And yet, we continue to witness war, poverty, individual acts of violence, massive social injustice, and a record pace … Continue reading

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Not Firms but Commons and Market Networks

Many people see peer-to-peer platforms as game-changers in the world of work with the potential of reinventing the economy and giving individuals the power of the corporation. Others are sceptical and warn that the new architectures of participation and choice … Continue reading

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An Autopoietic Understanding of ‘‘Innovative Organization’’

Luhmann’s autopoietic theory offers a theory without a priori defined drivers of novelty. Such assumptions has led to claims  that Luhmann’s theory is relevant only to the study of routines and not to innovative processes, and that it prevents a … Continue reading

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Autopoiesis Theory and Organization – An Overview

We believe that the organization of the future needs an epistemology (i.e., a theory of organizational  knowledge) which is radically different from epistemologies that have guided organizational thinking hitherto, and that autopoiesis theory, with due adaptations, can furnish such an … Continue reading

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Autopoiesis and Organizations: A Biological view of Social System Change

For many years we have been concerned with the role that autopoietic theory can play in resolving what is often termed the micro-macro problem in social science. The “micro-to-macro problem” concerns our capacity to explain the relationship between the constitutive … Continue reading

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Social Movements and Organization Theory

Although the fields of organization theory and social movement theory have long been viewed as belonging to different worlds, recent events have intervened, reminding us that organizations are becoming more movement-like and volatile and politicized while movements are more likely … Continue reading

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