Strategic Management and Organisational Dynamics

Strategic Management and Organisational Dynamics : The Challenge of Complexity

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In the fourth edition of this successful text, Ralph Stacey continues to question the view that organisations operate and succeed in relatively stable environments. He argues that in order to succeed in uncertainty and continual change, organisations need to create new perspectives and learn from the chaos within which they operate. This edition continues to focus on this radically different approach to strategic management. The central tenets of this approach have to do with unpredictability and the limitations of control, and therefore it argues against the rational models of planning and control covered in other strategy textbooks. This is done by emphasising the importance of narrative, conversation and learning from one's own experience as the central means by which we can gain understanding and knowledge of strategy in organisations.
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  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 190 x 246 x 28mm | 968g
  • FINANCIAL TIMES PRENTICE HALL
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • 0273658980
  • 9780273658986
  • 2,567,667

Table of contents

*The nature of strategy and organisational change *The origins of systems thinking *The foundations of strategic choice theory: cybernetic systems and cognitivist psychology *Strategic choice *The foundations of learning organisation theory: systems dynamics and cognitivism *The learning organisation *Obstacles to strategic choice and organisational learning: open systems and psychoanalytic perspectives *Knowledge creation in organisations: second order systems, autopoiesis and constructivist psychology *A social perspective: critical systems thinking and communities of practice *Chaos theory, dissipative structures and synergetics *Complex adaptive systems *Systemic applications of chaos and complexity theory to organisations *Process thinking *Strategy as the emergence of organisational identity *The narrative structure of self-organising experience *Understanding organisations as complex responsive processes *Control, leadership and ethics *The implications of understanding organisations as complex responsive processes Management narratives Index
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'Explores a radically different approach to strategic management. Argues against the rational models in favour of narrative, conversation and learning from one's own experiences the central means by which we gain understanding and knowledge of strategy in organizations. Fascinating and thought provoking. Essential reading for anyone concerned with keeping up with the latest thinking in strategy.' Dr Bruce Lloyd, Review Editor for LRP
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