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Author Letiche, Hugo K., 1946-

Title Coherence in the midst of complexity : advances in social complexity theory / Hugo Letiche and Michael Lissack with Ron Schultz.

Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

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 UniM Giblin Eunson  302.3501 LETI    AVAILABLE
Physical description 297 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-284) and index.
Contents Introduction: miracles and nasty surprises -- The failure of models and labels and the success of experience and emergence -- Two kinds of coherence: ascribed and emergent -- Models, homologies, and simulacra -- The ascribed coherence of Thagard and Weick -- Emergence, coherence, and business success -- Emergence, coherence and narrative -- Affordances and organization -- Homology: sense-making revisited -- But experience is different -- Complexity tools: the semiotic square ad homology -- Not a conclusion: steps to implementation.
Summary "Complexity and emergence (the appearance and impact of the new) can be the bane of managers and their organizations. Both complexity and emergence threaten to upset adherence to predefined categories, which supposedly allows for efficiency. Indeed, traditional management thinking focuses on a retrospective coherence where ideas and events are assigned to categories, the categories are labeled, and outliers are treated as statistical deviants. The study of how such attributed (retrospective) sense-making breaks down in and around organizations is the focus of social complexity theory. Coherence in the Midst of Complexity discusses the social complexity approach, where dialogue and stories allow for the degrees of freedom needed for the opportunities of emergence to take root. The book focuses on the experience of coherence and how such experiential lessons differ from the establishment and maintenance of categories and labels. The authors offer a four-fold logic for discussing experiential coherence and the embrace of emergence in organizations of all sizes"--Provided by publisher.
Other author Lissack, Michael.
Schultz, Ron, 1951-
Subject Organizational behavior.
Complexity (Philosophy)
Emergence (Philosophy)
Social sciences -- Philosophy.
Organizational change.
ISBN 9780230338500 (hbk.)
023033850X (hbk.)