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Managing in Four Worlds. From Competition to Co-Creation. Developmental Management

  • ID: 2220470
  • Book
  • October 1997
  • Region: Global
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Managing in Four Worlds is the first business book to focus simultaneously on physical and human nature, as embodied in culture, as the basis for sustainable business development internationally. The authors combine key concepts from the new physics, developmental psychology and ecology to develop a theory and practice of business that can be applied anywhere in the world.

The book draws upon the four main major cultures from around the globe– pragmatism, rationalism, holism and humanism – and combines threads from each to create a new, commercially effective and psychologically fulfilling approach to enterprise and work. In doing so, the approach that Lessem and Palsule take straddles the culture and approaches the culture and approaches of the North, South, East, and West. They have created an entirely original overarching theory of business that applies simultaneously to organizational learning, business innovation, and managing across cultures.

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Prologue: The Next American Nation.



1. Free Enterprise.

2. Ethical Organization.

3. The Creative Spirit.

4. Communal Roots.


5. Physical Environment.

6. The Ecological Environment.

7. The Psychological Environment.

8. The Cultural Environment.

Knowledge. .

9. Knowledge Creation.

10. Knowledge Creating Organization.

11. Strategist to Symbolic Analyst.


12. From Job to Vocation.

13. From Structure to Value.

Business. .

14. Psion Computers.

15. Oticon Hearing Care.

16. Ahuja Designs.

17. Constructing Cashbuild.

Conclusion: Creating a Learning Ecology.

Epilogue: Habits of the Heart.


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Ronnie Lessem
Sudhanshu Palsule
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