The becoming organisation : a conversation about the added value of Chaordic Systems Thinking for organisational renewal

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Abstract

This conceptual contribution explores the added value of Chaordic System Thinking (CST) for organisational renewal, and its consequences for future research. The paper starts with some essentials of CST (concepts of attractor, holon, discontinuous development, nonlinearity, chaordic properties). In order to answer the before-mentioned question more rigorously, ‘Organisational renewal’ is defined as transformation instead of reformation, i.e., as real novelty as defined by Stacey et al, (2000). Next, the paper describes dialogue as a method to deepen the understanding of complex issues by individuals and groups. In this paper, dialogue is used as a method or vehicle to develop explanatory insights in the question raised earlier. With that purpose in mind we will introduce different ‘roles’ or ‘voices’ who will develop commentaries from distinct theoretical inspirations, mainly CTS and Socio-Technical Systems Design (STS). Finally, we will lightly touch the topic of what consequences CST might have for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmergence and creativity : Second Annual European Network Conference on Chaos and Complexity in Organisations (ECCON 2002), Leusden, The Netherlands, 18-19 October 2002
EditorsF.M. Eijnatten, van
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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