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Organize for Complexity: How to Get Life Back Into Work to Build the High-Performance Organization Paperback – March 19, 2014
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Drawing on modern understandings of complexity, the author recommends that organizations have a relatively decentralized non-hierarchical network structure which is dynamic, so that it can flexibly adapt to and be 'pulled' by changing market conditions, with individual and collective learning being continuous processes. The emphasis is on social aspects, teams, collaboration, and group/organizational performance, rather than incentivization or evaluation of individuals. The role of leadership is to foster all of this, along with much attention to helping bring the right people into the organization, rather managing top-down with a heavy hand.
This is all fine, but I think the author sometimes pushes these ideas to a radical extreme (eg, no overtime pay or bonuses), without presenting evidence that doing so will work in practice. And I suspect that the zingy style of the book is also motivated by the author's desire to promote himself as an organizational consultant.
So overall, I'd say that the book has good ideas, but somewhat overstated and overhyped. Read with an open mind, but also take things with a grain of salt. Don't get overexcited and start changing everything tomorrow.
It is also a fast read which is very welcome in the networked age and too many books to keep up with. The pictures with the text are clear, to the point and actionable.
Thank you Niels!
I've been waiting for a while for the release of the kindle version. It was a disappointment to find out that the ebook version does not work as expected. It is not possible to change de the size of the fonts. Even worse: it is not possible to highlight text.
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Great presentation of why you need to make decisions locally to operate in a complex environment.
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