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Strategic Management and Organisational Dynamics

Strategic Management and Organisational Dynamics

7th Edition

Ralph.D. Stacey, Chris Mowles

Sep 2015, Paperback, 576 pages
ISBN13: 9781292078748
ISBN10: 129207874X
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Strategic Management and Organisational Dynamics remains unique amongst strategic management textbooks by taking a refreshingly alternative look at the subject. Drawing on the sciences of complexity as well as a broad range of social scientific literature, Stacey and Mowles challenge the conceptual orthodoxy of planned strategy, focusing instead on emergence and the predictable unpredictability of organisational life.

Ideal for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate study, this critically detailed account deals with current issues, raising the challenge of complexity within practice and theory.

New to this edition:

  • The literature from past editions is refreshed and updated.
  • More examples are given from contemporary organisational life and social life more generally.
  • The canon of thinkers who inform complex responsive processes of relating is broadened and deepened.
  • There is engagement with new developments in organisational theory such as process organisation studies and practice schools.
  • There are updated sections on rhetoric, paradox and recognition.
  • A focus on what strategic management might mean from the perspective of complex responsive processes.

Ralph Stacey is Professor of Management at the Business School, University of Hertfordshire. He is a supervisor on the innovative Doctor of Management programme at the University of Hertfordshire and the author of a number of books and papers on complexity and organisation.

Chris Mowles is Professor of Complexity and Management at the Business School, University of Hertfordshire. He is director of, and supervisor on, the innovative Doctor of Management programme at the University of Hertfordshire and the author of two books and a number of papers on complexity and organisation.

Brief contents

List of boxes xiv

List of tables xv

Preface xvi

1 Strategic management in perspective: a step in the professionalisation

of management 2

2 Thinking about strategy and organisational change: the implicit

assumptions distinguishing one theory from another 28

Part 1 Systemic ways of thinking about strategy and organisational

dynamics

3 The origins of systems thinking in the Age of Reason 48

4 Thinking in terms of strategic choice: cybernetic systems, cognitivist

and humanistic psychology 66

5 Thinking in terms of organisational learning and knowledge creation:

systems dynamics, cognitivist, humanistic and constructivist psychology 100

6 Thinking in terms of organisational psychodynamics: open systems

and psychoanalytic perspectives 128

7 Thinking about strategy process from a systemic perspective: using a

process to control a process 150

8 A review of systemic ways of thinking about strategy and organisational

dynamics: key challenges for alternative ways of thinking 176

9 Extending and challenging the dominant discourse on organisations:

thinking about participation and practice 202

Part 2 The challenge of complexity to ways of thinking

Part 3 Complex responsive processes as a way of thinking about

10 The complexity sciences: the sciences of uncertainty 238

11 Systemic applications of complexity sciences to organisations: restating

the dominant discourse 266

strategy and organisational dynamics

12 Responsive processes thinking: the interplay of intentions 302

13 The emergence of organisational strategy in local communicative

interaction: complex responsive processes of conversation 338

14 The link between the local communicative interaction of strategising

and the population-wide patterns of strategy 362

15 The emergence of organisational strategy in local communicative

interaction: complex responsive processes of ideology and power relating 388

16 Different modes of articulating patterns of interaction emerging across

organisations: strategy narratives and strategy models 416

17 Complex responsive processes of strategising: acting locally on the

basis of global goals, visions, expectations and intentions for the

‘whole’ organisation over the ‘long-term future’ 456

18 Complex responsive processes: implications for thinking about

organisational dynamics and strategy 486

References 519

Index 545

New to this edition:

  • The literature from past editions is refreshed and updated.
  • More examples are given from contemporary organisational life and social life more generally.
  • The canon of thinkers who inform complex responsive processes of relating is broadened and deepened.
  • There is engagement with new developments in organisational theory such as process organisation studies and practice schools.
  • There are updated sections on rhetoric, paradox and recognition.
  • A focus on what strategic management might mean from the perspective of complex responsive processes.

Ralph Stacey is Professor of Management at the Business School, University of Hertfordshire. He is a supervisor on the innovative Doctor of Management programme at the University of Hertfordshire and the author of a number of books and papers on complexity and organisation.

Chris Mowles is Professor of Complexity and Management at the Business School, University of Hertfordshire. He is director of, and supervisor on, the innovative Doctor of Management programme at the University of Hertfordshire and the author of two books and a number of papers on complexity and organisation.