Ralph Douglas Stacey

Ralph Douglas Stacey
University of Hertfordshire | UH · Hertfordshire Business School

BCom., MSc (Econ), PhD (Econ)

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September 1985 - August 2014
University of Hertfordshire
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Publications (41)
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Many of today’s books on the tools and techniques of leadership and management provide descriptions of long lists for use in decision-making, leading, coaching and project management. This book takes a completely different approach. It contests the claims that the tools and techniques are based on evidence and explains why human activities of leadi...
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This paper offers a critique of existing ways of understanding management practice in International Non-Government Organisations (INGOs) and compares and contrasts these with insights drawn from the complexity sciences. The authors put forward a more radical interpretation of complexity theory as it might be taken up in organisations rather than su...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to locate the dominant discourse on organizations and their management in the history of Western thought. Such location highlights the fundamental, taken‐for‐granted assumptions underlying the dominant discourse. The purpose is also to identify an alternative way of thinking about organizations, which derives...
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This article explores how theories of personal change differ from each other according to the assumptions made about the nature of the individual, the relationship between the person and the social, and the nature of causality. Three different concepts of the individual person are distinguished, namely, the autonomous, the expressivist, and the soc...
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This paper argues that affects and cognition cannot be separated in human consciousness and human consciousness is a social phenomenon. Research into brain functioning indicates that those centres of the brain that deal with emotion also deal with the capacity to select rational and moral actions and that attachment and separation behaviours – soci...
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This paper argues that to talk about organisations learning is to reify and anthropomorphise organisations. Instead of thinking of an organisation as if it were a thing or a person it is closer to experience to think of an organisation as the patterning of peoples' interactions with each other. This paper explores the assumptions that are being mad...
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The increasing complexity of interdependence between people in modern life makes it more important than ever to understand processes of human relating. In the West we tend to base our understanding of relating on the individual. Complexity and Group Processes suggests an alternative way of understanding human relating. The key questions covered in...
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This article explores different ways of thinking about the group-analytic concept of the individual as social through and through. One explanation is based on object relations theory and regards the individual as social because the individual psyche is an `internal world' of representations of social relationships. The article argues that this repr...
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This article explores the potential that the natural sciences of complexity may have for offering analogies and insights with regard to communicative processes in a group and the concept of the group matrix. Foulkes's last formulation of the concept of the group matrix is reviewed, before the author draws on the thoughts of G.H. Mead on mind, self...
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In this article the concept of the group matrix as a self-organizing process of intersubjective narrative themes that organize the experience of being together is developed, discussing how Foulkes dealt with the problem of the part and the whole, the individual and the group in three different ways without holding the paradox. It is argued that if...
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This paper argues for a particular way of interpreting analogies from the complexity sciences as the basis for a perspective on knowledge creation in organizations called complex responsive processes of relating (Stacey, 2000; Stacey, Griffin & Shaw, 2001; Stacey, 2001). From this perspective, knowledge is continuously reproduced and potentially tr...
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As practitioners working with groups and organizations, we have reflected together on what we think is happening when we find ourselves acting into situations in which the intention motivating the action as its goal is itself emerging in the very action. Along with others, we have been excited by the ideas of self-organization in the natural scienc...
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This paper describes a complexity perspective on organizational life by drawing on three distinctive sources. First, we describe the way different natural scientists talk of their work in simulating complex dynamical systems. Second, we listen to the contribution of social scientists in describing the dynamics of human interaction and third, we des...
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The Governance debate is usually couched in terms of the efficacy of formal structures to ensure a degree of cooperation sufficient to bring about order in human affairs. It is assumed that intended global outcomes for a system can be linked back to the local actions of agents in that system.Sections 2 and 3 argue that studies of complex adaptive s...
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The possibility that any member of a system can foresee its future depends upon the dynamical properties of the system. Today's predominant management view is that ‘human agents’ in an organisation can foresee the future outcomes of their actions sufficiently well jointly to intend comprehensive organisational outcomes. This predominant view is bas...
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The two perspectives of strategy process most firmly established in the literature—strategic choice and ecology—assume the same about system dynamics: negative feedback processes driving successful systems (individual organizations or populations of organizations) toward predictable equilibrium states of adaptation to the environment. This paper pr...
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Scientists are developing revolutionary new ways of understanding how nature functions. They have recently discovered that systems in nature (for example, a gas) are capable of endless variety because their dynamics are chaotic—unpredictable new patterns emerge through a process of spontaneous self organization (for example, a laser beam). Since hu...
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The potential for applying complex adaptive systems theory to the process of estimating in the construction industry. Complex adaptive systems are networks consisting of large numbers of interacting agents: for example, genes in an organism; neurones in a brain; ants in a colony; people in an organisation; readymix concrete plants, trucks and const...
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Frente a la amplia divulgación y popularidad de nociones como administración del conocimiento, capital intelectual o aprendizaje organizacional, el autor sostiene que estos bienes intangibles de una corporación forman parte de las relaciones laborales y por tanto, están vinculados con la calidad que tengan esas relaciones. Desde la perspectiva de R...

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