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Organisation and Complexity

Using Complexity Science to Theorise Organisational Aliveness

by Jacco van Uden

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Institution: University for Humanistics Utrecht
Advisor(s): Hugo Letiche, Harry Kunneman, Paul Cilliers, Michael Lissack
Degree: PhD
Year: 2004
Volume: 156 pages
ISBN-10: 1581122225
ISBN-13: 9781581122220


Students of organisation have used complexity theory in many different ways and for many different reasons. What characterises the writings of most ‘management thinkers’, however, is that the authors are primarily concerned with the question of “how to make this complexity thing work for us?” This study takes a rather different approach. Ideas and concepts of the science of complexity are borrowed to develop the idea that organisations live lives of their own – an idea that is very much at odds with the dominant view that understands organisations as tools that we use to realise certain goals. To illustrate matters, the book discusses the developments of the organisation of Vitesse, a mediocre Dutch professional football club that according to its president needed to be transformed into a major player in the family entertainment industry.

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