Harrison Owen’s book has its share of shortcomings, but there is certainly something to recommend here as well. Owen’s explanations of organizational change, complex adaptive systems and chaos theory as they apply to business and innovation are lucid and easy to understand. Less appealing are his lapses into jargon that seems more appropriate to a yoga class than a human resources department, and the theoretical tone that permeates the book. getAbstract.com recommends this book to anyone in search of an alternative perspective on modern management.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the concepts of chaos theory and complex adaptive systems apply to businesses;
- How to use these theories to promote innovation and manage change, and
- The fundamentals of Open Space a management tool that incorporates these concepts.
About the Author
Harrison Owen is president of H.H. Owen and Co., a consulting firm. His clients have included Owens/Corning Fiberglas, the Internal Revenue Service and Procter & Gamble. In the 1960s, before launching his firm, Owen worked with organizations such as the Peace Corps and the U.S. National Institutes of Health.