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Learning Organization, The

ISSN: 0969-6474

Online from: 1994

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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Chaos, complexity, learning, and the learning organization: Towards a chaordic enterprise

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Title:Chaos, complexity, learning, and the learning organization: Towards a chaordic enterprise
Author(s):Frans M. van Eijnatten, (Department of Technology Management, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Goran D. Putnik, (Department of Production and Systems Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal)
Citation:Frans M. van Eijnatten, Goran D. Putnik, (2004) "Chaos, complexity, learning, and the learning organization: Towards a chaordic enterprise", Learning Organization, The, Vol. 11 Iss: 6, pp.418 - 429
Keywords:Chaos theory, Complexity theory
Article type:Conceptual Paper
DOI:10.1108/09696470410548782 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:In order to set the stage for this special issue, the prime concepts are defined: i.e. “chaos,” “complexity,” “learning” (individual and organizational), “learning organization,” and “chaordic enterprise”. Also, several chaos-and-complexity-related definitions of learning and learning organizations are provided. Next, the guest editors' main thesis is presented, namely that the “chaordic enterprise” might be the goal state towards which a company – seen as a learning organization – might evolve, and that the framework of “chaordic systems thinking” could be used as a meta-model to inform a learning organization which is capable of self-organization and transformative change under hyper-turbulent conditions. Finally, in order to illustrate the contours of a chaordic enterprise, the case of a dynamically reconfigurable, globally integrated, networked enterprise is presented.

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