Title: Challenging the mainstream practice of planned change in cases of higher-order transformation

Authors: Stefanos Michiotis, Bruce Cronin

Addresses: University of Greenwich Business School, 4 Proteos, 14569, Anixi Attica, Greece. ' Department IBE, University of Greenwich Business School, Park Row, London SE10 9LS, UK

Abstract: This paper examines some of the fundamental assumptions and usual pitfalls of the mainstream linear and deterministic logic of planned change that appear when dealing with complex problems or in cases of higher-order transformation. Adopting the complex adaptive character of human systems, the paper considers that non-linear change methodologies are more appropriate in such cases and outlines some of their principles. Finally, it presents the main phases of a suggested methodology, based on non-linearity, along with the skills necessary to apply it.

Keywords: complexity; attractors; archetypes; metaskills; planned change; higher-order transformation; linear logic; deterministic logic; complex problems; adaptive character; human systems; non-linear methodologies; non-linearity; Cynefin; reformation; decision sciences; risk management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJDSRM.2011.040753

International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management, 2011 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.179 - 202

Published online: 20 Jun 2011 *

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