Lack of application of Complexity Theory in management

An absolutely essential and brilliant article by RIchard Staub in Harvard Business Review, on why organizations have not embraced Complexity as the #1 paradigm for governing their “system”.

Reason #1: it’s too complex…! Today’s typical  Empty Suit-managers prefer simplicity, and nothing can be simpler than using a single parameter – shareholder value – to “steer” the business.  Complexity, demanding a multi-paradigm/multi-variable approach,  makes things too complicated for these Empty Suits with MBA’s  to understand.

[thanks to Henri’s twitter flow for the pointer!]

About swdevperestroika

High tech industry veteran, avid hacker reluctantly transformed to mgmt consultant.
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2 Responses to Lack of application of Complexity Theory in management

  1. Scott Rich says:

    Great article, thanks for the pointer, Tommy. Two thoughts: will the data-driven decision making advocated by Lean Startup cause a shift here? or is there a fundamental disconnect here that the kinds of people interested in complex systems are not drawn to “management” as a career?

  2. Great reflexions, Scott! You just triggered an idea for another post ! 🙂 Stay tuned!

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