Re: Hierarchy Wisdom...Data LO3694
Mon, 13 Nov 1995 08:15:41 -0500

Replying to LO3652 --

Hi Robert,

I used the following "hierarchy of integrations" in my article "Creating
Competitive Advantage: Welding Imagination to Experience" (The Academy of
Management Executive, 1989, Vol. III, No.1, pp. 29-36):


These levels of logical type emerged from a process loosely based on Karl
Popper's "three-world theory" from his later philosophy and used the idea
that, at its base, perception is the perception of differences followed by
the successive integration of these differences (learning) into
hierarchies of stable and hence useful patterns -- "differences that make
a difference" in Gregory Bateson's formulation. At the top of the
hierarchy was the concept of individual identity, the metaphorical 'I',
the perceiver, which emerges as a contrast to everything which appears to
be external to the perceiver. Here I was trying to capture the idea that
knowledge becomes "personal" as suggested by Michael Polanyi -
inextricably bound up with one's identity. So learning or change means a
change in one's identity! I'll mail you a copy of the article.

David Hurst
Speaker, Consultant and Writer on Management