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Complexity and Creativity in Organizations Hardcover – January 15, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1881052890 ISBN-10: 1881052893 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (January 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881052893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881052890
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Complexity and Creativity in Organizations effectively combines seemingly divergent concepts from the new sciences, Jungian psychology, and organizational theory to produce a rich, provocative, and useful new model of how organizations will survive in our complex world.

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This stimulating and informative book opens our eyes to connections between complexity science and the world of organizations and innovative change. I found this book's treatment of new ideas to be clear, provocative, and inspiring. -- Brian Goodwin, Professor, The Open University

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Ralph D. Stacey (strategic management, U. of Hertfordshire, England, and management consultant) has contributed for years to our knowledge related to organizations and management. His previous publications primarily served to
illuminate the relevance of applying strategic approaches and complexity theory to organization and management in a rapidly growing environment (see for example, Stacey, 1991, 1992, 1993).
His latest installment, Complexity and Creativity in Organizations, represents a significant step forward in his thinking by reviving systems theory and integrating insights from a variety of disciplines to create, he proposes, an original perspective. More precisely, Stacey combines his acquired acumen from the fields of chaos and complexity, organizational behavior, biology, and psychoanalysis to demonstrate how complexity concepts may be used to create a framework for understanding organizational processes and learning.
During the course of his presentation, Stacey reviews current knowledge in the nature of human networks and complexity theory. He explores the place of complexity in individuals, groups and organizations. He also discusses the implications of applying the complexity paradigm for management research and practice.
Complexity and Creativity in Organizations is aimed at "consultants, and managers, those concerned with life in organizations, to new efforts being undertaken to understand life in nature." It is organized into ten chapters divided into four parts: Part I: The Complex Nature of Human Networks, attempts to demonstrate "that human systems are indeed the kind of system that the science of complexity deals with.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1998
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While the content should have some value, the cost to the reader to extract the information is so high that the author should pay the reader to read his book. In the first 25 pages of "At Home in the Universe", Stuart Kauffman sucessfully introduces more than Stacey stumbled over in 282 pages. If it's an organizational perspective you want, buy Margaret Wheatley's stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on August 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Organizations are adaptive structures that respond creatively to changing circumstances. This responsive evolution takes place on an official, surface level, and also on a deeper, personal level composed of interactions between people. So says Ralph D. Stacey, who combines insights from psychoanalysis, behavioral research, the new science of complexity and other disciplines to suggest ways for your organization to become better at learning and adapting. While the basic concepts of complexity theory presented in this book are steadily gaining popularity, the actual complexity of the book's content might make it difficult for non-experts to follow. Although the book's tight organization keeps chaos at bay, some of the language might leave you at "the edge of disintegration." Nevertheless, we at [...] strongly recommend this book to executives and managers looking to build a theoretical foundation for their organizational approach, in addition to the many academics who will appreciate its systematic explanation of the organizational consequences of systems thinking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mario Schijven on March 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Stacey did a good job applying chaos theory to business in this book. He develops a very convincing and interesting conceptual framework for organizations in the future. Although the book mainly focuses on theory, he does provide some practical guidelines and case studies. He repeats the theories quite often and thus, the book is especially appropriate for students who really want to get the jist of the theory. If you read it for fun, all these repetitions might become tedious. All in all, a great book!
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By Amazon Customer on July 23, 2011
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This book is really good to give the background for using the principles of complex systems in human organisations. It covers the principles of complex adaptive systems but acknowledges that human systems are CAS, but have some extra qualities that need to be taken into account. humans have emotions, feels anxiety, have power dynamics etc. Ralph Stacey covers the topic well. The book is getting a bit old in the rapidly changing field of complexity but remains as a good foundation
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