Strategic Management and Organisational Dynamics: The Challenge of Complexity Paperback – 20 Nov 2002
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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
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.See all Product description
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The first chapters introduces the mindset in a historical perspective, as well as Stacey's own travel in different theoretical approaches. Later on, he introduces the different terms, which is the key chapters of understanding the theory.
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Stacey introduces many abstract theories on how to THINK about what we do as business practitioners. If you want a book that tells you step-by-step exactly what to do in your job, then this is not the book for you. Stacey's point is that if you want a step-by-step guide to tell you exactly what to do in your job, you are likely taking the wrong approach to your job. The take-away is that in order to be the best at our jobs we all must understand our own assumptions and biases and also decypher, uncover, and question the assumptions and biases of those around us - yes, even your boss'. Stacey does a pretty good job of trying to make his underlying assumptions clear, which allows to reader to better understand where he is coming from in the advice that he presents.
Altough the material will no doubt make many b-school students and business practitioners uncomfortable this book should be required reading for all first-semester MBAs.
Ralph Stacey has done more than any other management theorist to examine the intersection of complexity science and organizational thinking. He has been intelligently, provocative and challenging all along and has helped this intersection advance. You'll always want to stay in touch with what he is saying.