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Surfing the Edge of Chaos: The Laws of Nature and the New Laws of Business

By Richard Pascale, Richard Tanner Pascale, Mark Milleman

Surfing the Edge of Chaos: The Laws of Nature and the New Laws of Business

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Started reading:
2010-12-10 06:44:42
Finished reading:
2011-01-07 18:29:23

Review

Rating: 7

Taking a look at modern management practices with an eye toward change and how new discoveries in emergent behavior and self-organization can be used to transform companies. Starting with the premise that equilibrium equals organizational stagnation (and eventually, failure), the authors propose that successful companies must continuously change. Unlike many books about change and embracing change for its own sake, the book also recognizes that there aren’t any silver bullets and what’s right for one organization may not be right for all. Also, unlike some books that use examples of companies doing radical things, the organizations examined here are still viable and remain in business (unlike books about radical change that cited Enron and now-failed internet startups). Some of the information is still a little dated, particularly in focusing on technology companies due to the rapidly changing landscape in that field, but the ideas about emergence and reciprocity remain highly relevant.

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