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The Management Wisdom of Complex Adaptive Systems

05/07/2013

By Rod Collins

Traditional management assumes that business organizations are closed systems and that managerial hierarchies are the best way to maintain the equilibrium of the company. That's why conventional wisdom favors elaborate control systems so that managers, like engineers and pilots, can apply immediate corrective action to restore balance when things go awry.

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Why Planning Is No Longer a Strategic Activity

04/16/2013

By Rod Collins

Whether starting a new initiative, dealing with an unexpected  crisis, or solving an emerging business problem, the first step of the traditional manager is usually to draw up a plan of action. Planning provides comfort in the face of complexity because, by defining and sequencing a set of action steps, the manager has the sense that a reliable path to a certain outcome has been put in place. Planning assumes that the world is both stable and predictable.

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