Dr. Carol Ann Zulauf & Peter A.C. Smith, Suffolk University, The Leadership Alliance Inc.
Autopoiesis and fluid self-organizing networks in business

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In a typical organization "management" entails autopoiesis - a process that builds a closed purposeful system that seeks to perpetuate itself. Some self-sustaining processes seem necessary; however an organization today is surrounded by highly dynamic, competitive, and socially individualized systems, demanding behaviors only produced by an organization based on an open system. Autopoiesis does not produce such an open system, but Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) do, and CAS are therefore indispensible to organizational viability. Consequently, a balance must be struck between autopoiesis and the socialization that provides the context in which CAS emerge and flourish.

Carol Ann Zulauf Sharicz, co-designed the Master's Degree Program in Adult and Organizational Learning, which focuses on applying systems thinking tools to practical applications, understanding the needs of adult learners, and incorporating organizational learning competencies into training and human resource development initiatives in organizations. As a business practitioner, and thought leader, Dr. Zulauf advises, speaks, and publishes on systemic leadership, emotional intelligence, in a number of sectors, including health care, financial services, high tech, government, education, energy, and consumer products, in the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Dr. Zulauf holds an Ed.D in Human Resources Education from Boston University.


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