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Creative Management and Development has been updated with newly commissioned and leading edge chapters on intuitive cognition, complexity, emotion, team innovation, development, and well-being. The textbook retains seminal papers on creativity, perception, style, culture, and sustainable development. The contributors to this textbook represent a broad spectrum of perspectives from among the most distinguished names in the field. They give a clear overview of the topics discussed while explaining their practical implications. This textbook is published as a Course Reader for The Open University Course Creativity, Innovation and Change (B822) but will engage and challenge students interested in creative ways of managing, different approaches to developing creativity in organizations and creative leadership.
Chapter 18: Surfing the Edge of Chaos
Surfing the Edge of Chaos
Treating organizations as complex adaptive systems provides powerful insights into the nature of strategic work.
Every decade or two during the past one hundred years, a point of inflection has occurred in management thinking. These breakthroughs are akin to the S-curves of technology that characterize the life cycle of many industrial and consumer products: Introduction → Acceleration → Acceptance → Maturity. Each big idea catches hold slowly. Yet, within a relatively short time, the new approach becomes so widely accepted that it is difficult even for oldtimers to reconstruct how the world looked before.
The decade following World War II gave birth to the ‘strategic era’. While the tenets of military strategy had been evolving for centuries, ...