The Emergence of Leadership : Linking Self-Organization and Ethics (Complexity and Emergence in Organisations)

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The Emergence of Leadership : Linking Self-Organization and Ethics (Complexity and Emergence in Organisations)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 208 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780415249171
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The second half of the twentieth century witnessed the emergence of the most complex global organizations ever known. Taking a complexity theory perspective, this book explores the key factor that sustains them: leadership.The book examines how leadership is currently understood primarily from a systems based perspective, as an attribute of the individual, the leadership role being to articulate values, missions and visions and then persuade others to adhere to them. It argues for a new view of ethics as co-created through identity and difference, representing the end of 'business ethics' as we know it today. Areas considered include:risk and conflictspontaneity and motivation.In the past we have focused on the choices of individual leaders. In today's highly complex organizations we are now coming to understand the nature of leadership as self-organizing and, as such, closely linked to ethics. This means that we can no longer understand ethics simply as centered rational choice in planning and action.

Table of Contents

        List of illustrations                      ix
Series preface x
Introduction: how we have come to think of 1 (26)
ourselves as victims of systems
Systemic self-organization: the elimination 4 (5)
of paradox
Participative self-organization: the 9 (8)
reappearance of paradox
Complex responsive processes and the 17 (5)
question of ethics
Outline of the book 22 (5)
Part I Leadership and systemic 27 (96)
self-organization: participation in systems
Leadership: two questions seven years apart 30 (30)
Ron's question: linking leadership, 31 (25)
communication and teams
Alberto's question: the emergence of leaders 56 (4)
Complexity: are organizations really living 60 (30)
systems?
Leadership and the New Science 61 (7)
The theory of complex adaptive systems 68 (7)
The Soul at Work 75 (5)
Surfing the Edge of Chaos 80 (5)
The problem with ``living systems'' as a 85 (5)
theory of leadership and ethics
Social interaction: viewing our selves as 90 (33)
autonomous individuals
Culture: developing leadership theory on 92 (8)
the basis of cybernetic theory
Modernist ethics: individual thought apart 100(7)
from action
Participation in ``living'' systems: 107(8)
harmony and inherent values
Challenging the theory of inherent values: 115(4)
conflicts between cult values and
functional values
Summary 119(4)
Part II Leadership and participative 123(97)
self-organization: participation in local
interaction
The emergence of persons as selves in society 128(47)
Social interaction without the concept of 131(12)
the autonomous individual
The paradox of time and the emergence of 143(19)
persons
Local interaction and the emergence of the 162(6)
person
Complex responsive processes of relating: 168(7)
the movement of experience in the living
present
Leadership and ethics: emergence in everyday 175(30)
social interaction
Ethics: the emergent structures forming 175(8)
human experience
Contrasting time and causality in two 183(10)
theories of experience
Cult leadership versus functional 193(10)
leadership: recognizing diversity through
conflict
Summary 203(2)
Conclusion: articulating the ethics we are 205(15)
living
The perspective of systemic 207(13)
self-organization
Bibliography 220(5)
Index 225