Cybernetics and Systems Theory in Management: Tools, Views, and Advancements: Tools, Views, and Advancements

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Wallis, Steven E.
IGI Global, Dec 31, 2009 - Computers - 400 pages
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As management theory is critical to understanding decision-making and formal leadership in organizations, comprehension of their creation, structure, and application greatly benefits and furthers the development of management systems.

Cybernetics and Systems Theory in Management: Tools, Views, and Advancements provides new models and insights into how to develop, test, and apply more effective decision-making and ethical practices in an organizational setting. This critical mass of sought after knowledge with expert international contributions presents a cornerstone publication inspiring new directions of research and theory building.

 

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Contents

Toward a Theory Guided Field of Practice
1
Leaders Decisions and theNeuroKnowledge System
21
Exploring the Implicationsof Complexity Thinkingfor the Management ofComplex Organizations
36
Decision Integrity andSecond Order Cybernetics
52
Manage the Real ComplexSystem Not its Model
75
Applying an Innovative IndustryAcademicCollaborative Case Study Approachin Systemic Management Research
93
Implementing AdvancedManufacturing Technology
108
A Relational Approach
127
A Metaphor for PostNormal Science
191
Evolution of Novelty from aCybernetic Perspective
217
Management and Structure
229
A System Approach toDescribing Analysing andControl of the Behaviourof Agents in MAS
253
Identification and ResponsePrediction of Switching DynamicSystems Using Interval Analysis
274
Selection of the Best Subsetof Variables in Regressionand Time Series Models
303
Compilation of References
321
About the Contributors
354

What Constitutes an Advance in Theory?
151
The Dynamic Usage of ModelsDYSAM as a TheoreticallyBased Phenomenological Toolfor Managing Complexity andas a Research Framework
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About the author (2009)

Steve E. Wallis is a Fellow of the Institute for Social Innovation which helps individuals and organizations address societal problems via research, leadership, and organizational development. As an organization development consultant he has a decade of experience in Northern California across a wide range of industries. He earned his PhD in 2006 from Fielding Graduate University.

As the founder and director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Social Theory (FAST), a non-profit venture under the auspices of ISI and Fielding, Steve is dedicated to supporting scholars and practitioners as they identify and pursue objective methods for advancing theory across the spectrum of the social sciences. His papers and chapters serve to advance the metatheoretical conversation and identify innovative paths for advancing social theory. He is the editor of “Cybernetics and Systems Theory in Management: Tools, Views and Advancements” (in press).

Applying those metatheoretical methods, publications include analyses in topic areas of complexity theory, CAS theory, organizational learning theory, social entrepreneurship theory, and others. [Editor]

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