Finally, an alternative to traditional change models–the science of complex adaptive systems (CAS). The authors explain how, rather than focusing on the macro "strategioc" level of the organization system, complexity theory suggests that the most powerful change processes occur at the micro level where relationship, interaction and simple rules shape emerging patterns.
∗ Details how the emerging paradigm of a CAS affects the role of change agents
∗ Tells how you can build the requisite skills to function in a CAS
∗ Provides tips for thriving in that new paradigm "Olson and Eoyang do a superb job of using complexity science to develop numerous methods and tools that practitioners can immediately use to make their organizations more effective."
––Kevin Dooley, Professor of Management and Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University
2. Change Through Connections (Not Top–Down Control) Story: Hospital Merger Entangled Connections No Single Source of Change Leadership and Influence in a CAS Role of Formal Leader Change Agent Role Summary Method: Feedback Analysis Method: Leader As Change Agent
3. Adapt to Uncertainty (Not Predictable Stages of Development) Nonlinear Organization Change Story: Unpredictability vs. Need for Control Consulting to Uncertainty No Sequence of Events Speed of Adaptation Change Agent Role Summary Method: Decision Making Under Conditions of Uncertainty
4. Emerging Goals, Plans, and Structures (Not Clear, Detailed Plans or Goals) Case: Knowledge Management Firms Planning in a CAS Vision in a CAS Goal Setting in a CAS Structures in a CAS Change Agent Role Summary Method: Self–Organizing Exercise
5. Amplify Difference (Not Build Consensus) Story: The Hidden Difference Unbraiding Differences Differences in a CAS Differences and Organization Resilience Differences and Organization Change Change Agent Role Summary Method: Difference Matrix
6. Self–Similarity (Not Difference Between Levels) Story: The Hidden Difference (Continued) Self–Similarity in Organizations Scaling Scaling in Organizations Simple Rules Change Agent Role Summary Method: Fractal As Metaphor
7. Success As Fit with the Environment (Not Closing the Gap with an Ideal) Story: Focusing on Fit Success As Fitness Performance Feedback Competition and Cooperation Change Agent Role Summary Method: Same and Different
8. Self–Organization and the Change Agent: Tips for Thriving in the New Paradigm Story: Just Do It! Self–Organization and Traditional Change Methods Change Agent Responsibilities Entering the System Assessment Intervention Evaluation Skills for a Complexity Approach Summary Method: Reflection Evaluation
9. Making Self–Organization a Reality: Evolution in Organizations Work with the Conditions for Self–Organization Conclusion Continuing the Co–Evolution References Index About the Authors About the Editors