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Simple tools with a complex attitude: A new way to imprint the implicit factors of organizational culture and make sense of maturity for change

Simple tools with a complex attitude: A new way to imprint the implicit factors of organizational culture and make sense of maturity for change

Michiotis, Stefanos and Cronin, Bruce ORCID: 0000-0002-3776-8924 (2018) Simple tools with a complex attitude: A new way to imprint the implicit factors of organizational culture and make sense of maturity for change. Emergence: Complexity & Organization, 20 (2). ISSN 1521-3250 (doi:https://doi.org/10.emerg/10.17357.46d3ecbf34066f4898be0dc592da39ab)

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Abstract

In this paper we introduce a new generation of sensemaking tools that are able to imprint organizational values, qualities, and skills, assess their compatibility with the corporate vision or their adequacy for a specific change and depict organizational archetypes. The main advantage of these tools derives from their ability to deliver reliable, tangible and contextual information on intangible assets and ambiguous issues. For this, they use archetypal models to structure their content, complex emergent methods to collect data, common logic rules to assess them and geometric templates to visualize the results. This combination permits easy contextualization of the content, authentic and real life representing data, removal of biases, as well as meaningful and comparable deliverables. The experience from the development and implementation of such a relevant tool shows that a structured approach to emergence and self-organization is feasible and fruitful. This opens new perspectives for the objectivity, wider acceptance and transferability of findings in qualitative research and the creation of effective diagnostic tools to be used especially in complex and transitional contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Complexity, archetypes, intangible assets, organizational culture, change, maturity, employee engagement, sensemaking tools, assessment, social network analysis
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
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Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:57
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 6
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/18532

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