9780415381796

Complexity, Learning and Organizations: A Quantum Interpretation of Business

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    9780415381796

  • ISBN10:

    0415381797

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2006-08-02
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

In this innovative and thought-provoking book, the author takes an original look at some of the new ways of understanding how organizations work including complexity, chaos theory and quantum structures. In a readable and accessible style, Walter Baet's argues that we need a new way of looking at the world and at human systems, in organizations and in society as a whole. He proposes a holistic management approach which is in direct opposition to the short-term shareholder value driven approach which dominates much management practice. The aim is to encourage the emergence of a new type of learning within organizations. To illustrate this, he discusses self-organizing systems, the complexity paradigm, the nature and use of knowledge; management learning at both the organizational and individual level and personal development. Finally, he argues in favor of considering business and economics as a network of agents that operate based on synchronicity - the quantum structure of business. Encouragingthe reader to reflect on their own experiences, and drawing on examples from a number of real-life company cases, Walter Baets delivers a readable and thought-provoking book. For students and managers interested in complexity, knowledge management, innovation and organizational learning, it will be an invaluable guide to new ways of looking at organizations, learning and innovation.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix
About the author xi
Preface xiii
1 We humans
1(13)
2 Paradigms, truth and postmodernism
14(19)
What can we learn from the philosophers of science?
19(7)
Postmodernism in fact comes from architecture
26(3)
An extended taxonomy of the theories of the philosophy of science applied to management
29(1)
The wider view: a vision of humankind and the holistic world
30(3)
3 The underlying theory: a new paradigm
33(25)
Does something self-organizing exist?
33(9)
Chaos and order: chicken or egg?
42(16)
4 Gödel for beginners: the concept of self-reference
58(10)
5 Knowledge and learning
68(23)
Can we do anything other than continually learn?
68(23)
6 The learning manager
91(18)
7 Does our society ever learn?
109(13)
8 The quantum interpretation
122(26)
The new key concepts in science
140(2)
The paradigmatic proposal
142(3)
The research agenda
145(3)
9 Quantum economics, or the quantum interpretation of management
148(29)
Classical business economics in the light of a quantum interpretation
148(6)
The basic idea of the quantum interpretation and its visualization tools
154(3)
Market behaviour
157(2)
Management learning
159(12)
Human interaction
171(5)
Conclusions
176(1)
10 Let us start learning now: what can you do yourself? by Erna Oldenboom 177(17)
Focus on the individual
180(5)
Focus on the network
185(3)
The human in his or her world
188(1)
A first step
189(5)
11 Epilogue: some poems of Erna Oldenboom 194(4)
Bibliography 198(5)
Index 203

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