System Dynamics / Complexity

The Postmodern Condition: II. Troubling Ambiguity with Shifting Boundaries and Multiple Roles

The Postmodern Condition: II. Troubling Ambiguity with Shifting Boundaries and Multiple Roles

Frederic Jameson speaks about the troubling ambiguities of the boundaries that exist in this new era. This troubling ambiguity exists at all levels-personal, group, organizational and societal.

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Organizational Consultation: An Appreciative Approach–V. The Change Curve

Organizational Consultation: An Appreciative Approach–V. The Change Curve

We must expect any change effort to have an initial impact that is deleterious with reference to the achievement of these outcomes. A change curve accompanies any attempt to improve a situation.

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Organizational Consultation: An Appreciative Approach–I. What’s in the Straw?

Organizational Consultation: An Appreciative Approach–I. What’s in the Straw?

This set of essays enables the practitioner to reflect on and expand his or her own perspectives and preferences regarding ways in which to improve organizational functions and fully engage human capital.

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Organizational Consultation: An Appreciative Approach–II. First and Second Order Change

Organizational Consultation: An Appreciative Approach–II. First and Second Order Change

This essay concerns the nature of change itself—examining in particular two different kinds (or levels) of change. We identify these two kinds of change as “first order” and “second order.”

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Organizational Consultation: An Appreciative Approach–IV. Change and Stabilization

Organizational Consultation: An Appreciative Approach–IV. Change and Stabilization

A vicious cycle of incremental change enacted in response to the consequences of other incremental changes can lead an individual or organization into serious and destructive commitments that were not initially intended

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