First Principles of LO LO12032

Michael McMaster (
Fri, 17 Jan 1997 10:14:42 +0000

Replying to LO11872 --

Debra, where is it written in complexity theory that,

> a mature organization, with its more rigid formalized structures
> requires radical surgery.

This implies both a physicalist, mechanist view of organisation - not
complexity - and that something is wrong that needs surgical correction or

I suggest that complexity theory indicates that such approaches are
doomed. I interpret complexity theory to suggest that what is needed are
strong attractors (and, with luck, supporting structures) that will
organically alter the organisation.

> Is there a way to create INTENTIONAL learning processes. It seems to me
> that right now, people in organizations are being called on to be fast
> learners, and it's not that comfortable for them.

Sorry, my plane is descending and I need to sign off. I'll respond to
this second one later.

Michael McMaster :
"I don't give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity 
but I'd die for the simplicity on the other side of complexity." 
            attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes 

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