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Unshackled Organization Jeffrey A. Goldstein

Unshackled Organization

Jeffrey A. Goldstein

Published May 1st 1994
ISBN : 9781563270482
Hardcover
202 pages
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Publishers MessageIn a time when managers are scrambling to find methods to maneuver through the madness of a completely unpredictable business environment, Jeffrey Goldsteins answers are surprising, challenging, and sometimes controversial. ButMorePublishers MessageIn a time when managers are scrambling to find methods to maneuver through the madness of a completely unpredictable business environment, Jeffrey Goldsteins answers are surprising, challenging, and sometimes controversial. But when applied, they reveal the key to highly refined organization functioning. In The Unshackled Organization, consultant and management professor Jeffrey Goldstein examines new territory with his exploration into how change happens within an organization. Utilizing leading-edge scientific and social theories about change, including non-linear, far-from-equilibrium, chaos theory, and system dynamics, Goldstein shows that only through self-organization can natural, lasting change occur.The theory behind self-organization arises from the idea of allowing and even amplifying unpredictable fluctuation rather than abolishing or controlling it. In other words, dont fight it! Change imposed from above often is not accepted with open arms by employees. But out of the chaos of change that emerges from within the organization will come long-lasting, structural improvements instead of short-term, Band-Aid solutions.This is a dramatic new way of looking at change, one that means rethinking how change happens within an organization and how you can encourage the process. This book is a pragmatic guide for managers, executives, consultants, and other change agents. More than an academic discourse on a new theory of change, it is filled with real-world examples about diverse types of change in a variety of business and service organizations. This is information you can start using today to support true change within your organization.ContentsPublishers MessagePrefaceChapter One: New Wine SkinsChapter Two: Growth in Nonlinear SystemsChapter Three: The Dynamics of Self-OrganizationChapter Four: From Resistance to AttractionChapter Five: The Equilibrium Effect of Self-Fulfilling PropheciesChater Six: Generating Far-From-Equilibrium ConditionsChapter Seven: Working With BoundariesChapter Eight: Differences That Make A DifferenceChapter Nine: The Cauldron of ChangeChapter Ten: The Magic TheatreEpilogueNotesAbout the AuthorIndex