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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"A vast majority of chief executives said the rapid escalation of 'complexity' is the biggest challenge confronting them ..." it's no longer about the change gap; it's now about the complexity gap", Saul Berman, an executive for IBM Global Business Services. (Wall Street Journal, 5/18/10)
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ccs2018 CONFERENCE ON COMPLEX SYSTEMS 2018 PROGRAM 23-28 September 2018, Vellidio Convention Center, Thessaloniki, Greece