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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler; 1 edition (1 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576757633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576757635
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.6 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT and the founding chair of ELIAS (Emerging Leaders for Innovation Across Sectors), a program linking twenty leading global institutions from business, government, and civil society in order to prototype profound system innovations for a more sustainable world. He also is the founding chair of the Presencing Institute and a visiting professor at the Center for Innovation and Knowledge Research, Helsinki School of Economics. Scharmer has consulted with global companies, international institutions, and cross-sector change initiatives in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an ambitious book. Leadership consultant and lecturer C. Otto Scharmer provides a theoretical framework for understanding the changes society faces and provides suggestions for institutional and personal transformation. Scharmer explains his process and its goals obsessively, even repetitively, walking you through multidisciplinary examples from his own experience, history and economics. He provides diagrams and breaks down his theories into numbered steps and rules. Still, you may find the book challenging, mainly because Scharmer is dealing with such large issues, but also because his ideas and vocabulary can get mystical. This book requires time and patience aplenty, but if you are open to such reflections, it could be for you. getAbstract recommends it to managers interested in personal change, organizational culture and futurism.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Chandler on 25 Jan. 2010
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This is an important and informative book. The book defines Theory U a model of looking at learning from the post, and learning from the future as it emerges. The book can seem like a hard read and times, and also daunting in the volume of its content. However, if you take the time to read the book, you will see its real value - well worth the effort! My copy is marked with tags of content that I will revisit and the theory of this book is something that I am sharing with colleagues. If you read "Presence" which set out the concept of Theory U, do read this book as it completes the journey.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Jenkins on 19 Jan. 2010
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I find this one of the more important books I have read. I appreaciate the use of J. Campbell's Hero's Journey as a overall framework. I think comparing learning from the past, (Kolb, etc.) with learning from the emergin future interesting and informative. I think being able to move from learning from the past to learning from future and back an exciting idea.
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By Eric Pietrac on 22 July 2014
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A road map for organisations and leaders to manage change in complex environment !
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