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Strategic management and organisational dynamics : the challenge of complexity / Ralph D. Stacey.

Stacey, Ralph D. [Browse]
New York : Financial Times, 2000.
3rd ed.
xvii, 457 p. ; 25 cm.
Summary note:
  • "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 new 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. The nature of strategy and organisational change -- Pt. 1. Orthodox perspectives on strategy and organisational dynamics. 2. The foundations of strategic choice theory: cybernetic systems and cognitivist psychology. 3. Strategic choice: formulating the strategy. 4. Strategic choice: designing the systems to deliver the strategy. 5. Strategic choice: taking account of uncertainty and conflict. 6. Strategic choice: motivation, leadership, politics and culture. 7. Review of strategic choice theory. 8. The foundations of learning organisation theory: systems dynamics and cognitivism. 9. The learning organisation. 10. Obstacles to strategic choice and organisational learning: open systems and psychoanalytic perspectives. Case studies. 1. Enigma Chemicals / Ralph Stacey. 2. Apex Engineering PIc / Christine Czyzewska. 3. Managing creativity in the pharmaceutical industry / Keith Randle.
  • 4. The cooperative alliance between the Bank of St. Hellier of the UK and Banco Real of Spain / Dorothea Noble -- Pt. 2. Towards radical perspectives on strategic management and organisational dynamics. 11. Chaos theory, dissipative structures and synergetics. 12. Complex adaptive systems. 13. How organisational theorists are using chaos and complexity theory. 14. Complexity: the problem with the notion of the autonomous individual. 15. Complexity: self-organising experience. 16. Understanding organisations as complex responsive processes. 17. The implications of understanding organisations as complex responsive processes. Management narratives. 1. Innovation in a water utility / Jose Fonseca. 2. The budget meeting / Phil Streatfield. 3. Performance measurement / Phil Streatfield. 4. The transformation programme / Tim Teather. 5. Consulting and culture change / Patricia Shaw. 6. Culture change at a factory / Patricia Shaw.
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