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Fuzzy ManagementContemporary Ideas and Practices at Work$
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Keith Grint

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198775003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198775003.001.0001

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Chaos, Culture, and Evolution: The Configuration of Organization

Chaos, Culture, and Evolution: The Configuration of Organization

(p.59) 3 Chaos, Culture, and Evolution: The Configuration of Organization
Fuzzy Management

Keith Grint

Oxford University Press

Although organizational change proves to be an unavoidable element of contemporary management, managers have certain techniques for strategically responding to fashions and fads. This chapter attempts to look into evolutionary theory as well as chaos theory. In conventional theory, we perceive the world to be something stable and predictable as we can utilize what we know about what works and what does not. Machiavelli however implied that something brings about intervention when it disrupts the conventional order of things. In chaos theory, it is recognized that anything can happen in the short-term but long-term patterns remain predictable. In evolutionary theory, change entails certain limits and an organization cannot undergo ‘starting over’.

Keywords:   organizational change, chaos theory, evolutionary theory, predictability, short term, long term, limits

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