Facilitating learning and innovation in organizations using complexity science principles

WEBB, C., LETTICE, F. and LEMON, M. (2006). Facilitating learning and innovation in organizations using complexity science principles. Emergence: complexity and organisation, 8 (1), 30-41.

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Abstract

Difficulties have been encountered in communicating the meaning and value of complexity science principles to people in organizations. While one school of thought in the literature holds that it is not necessary to attempt to communicate the principles transparently, one set of researchers set out to develop a range of tools and a workshop session to do just this, and called it ‘The Complexity Starter Kit’. The Complexity Starter Kit features a six-day calendar and ‘water–cooler’ area posters, an exercise class and group sensemaking session, and an online knowledge development tool with group discussion boards. This paper describes the Complexity Starter Kit at high level, proposes its usefulness in the context of innovation, and provides an overview of educational strategies that facilitate learning about complexity science, a consideration of the ways in which these correlate with complexity science, and how this informed the development of the Complexity Starter Kit.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Individual and Organisational Development
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2009 18:23
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/742

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