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A Complexity Perspective on Researching Organizations by Douglas Griffin, Ralph Stacey

By Douglas Griffin, Ralph Stacey

A part of the Complexity because the event of Organizing sequence, this e-book applies advanced responsiveness idea to real-life management reports. It beneficial properties contributions from and information the event of organizational practitioners, leaders, experts and executives from a number of organisations via narrative bills. It addresses questions resembling: How do common or international styles emerge and evolve within the neighborhood interactions among humans? What really occurs in worldwide switch programmes? What does this suggest in regards to the dating among the neighborhood and the worldwide? Exploring the viewpoint of complicated responsive strategies, the book’s members research how this assists them in making experience in their adventure, and the way this knowledge then results in their improvement. This ebook is a invaluable learn for lecturers, enterprise university scholars and practitioners, as instead of providing mere descriptions of organizational lifestyles, it offers reflective bills of real-life reviews of discovering in companies.

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This inevitably creates the inclusion–exclusion dynamics of power relations and the often stressful emotions that go with it. This and other experiences have close similarities to the kinds of patterns people experience in their own organizations, and the large group meetings provide opportunities for noticing and discussing these. There are three important questions which must be addressed by any research method, and these relate to ideology, ethics and validity or legitimacy. The ideology of the complex responsive processes research method has already been addressed above.

We, on the other hand, approach the question of methodology from the position that there is no dualism of individual and social – both are aspects of the same phenomenon, namely human interdependence. As an alternative to the lifeworld concept, we have relied on Mead’s concepts of social object/cult vales and Dewey’s theory of imagination (imagined wholes), which we find more compatible with analogies from the complexity sciences. This also means that we have a different perspective on the relationship between the individual and the social to that of social 28 • A complexity perspective on researching organizations constructionists.

This is a very different theory of psychology to humanistic and existential psychology, or cognitivism and psychoanalysis for that matter. Instead of thinking in terms of individuals actualizing themselves through what is ultimately a spiritual experience, the complex responsive process approach is concerned with understanding how individual and collective identities arise at the same time in the social interaction of individuals. The methodology is one in which individuals take their own experience of these social processes seriously and try to understand the nature of that experience in which their identities are under perpetual construction.

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