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|Source=http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14783360601043005
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|Journal=Total Quality Management & Business Excellence
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|Categories=Crisis, Entrepreneurship, Gestalt Switch, Qualitative
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|Abstract=Change has been recognized as a key element of human existence since the 5th Century BC. Until the mid-70s change was slow enough to allow fairly accurate predictions of the future. This enabled organizations to develop plans and implement them based on a ‘command-and-control’ mindset, still dominant in our time. A combination of significant developments in technology and the world economy has altered dramatically the nature of perceptible change, the pace of which has been accelerating and is now almost totally unpredictable. This has rendered formerly successful strategies ineffective, making a ‘command and control’ approach obsolete in addressing today's big challenges. Consumer preferences, the nature of competition and the sources of competitive advantage continually shift. Drawing on metaphors from physics is giving way to new ones from biology and ecology, suggesting that in order for human organizations as living systems to survive, they must adapt and become fit in emerging new business landscapes by changing their structure and behaviour. This shift to a new mindset calls for a new image of an organization in an ecology-based worldview and for new measures of excellence relating success to an organization's landscape fitness, reflecting a capability to generate value for all stakeholders. In this emerging new reality of a rapidly changing environment, the only way for an organization to survive and succeed as a social ‘species’ is to become adaptive to emerging conditions, a transformation that becomes the new imperative for the 21st Century.
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== Editing On Becoming Adaptive: The New Imperative for Survival and Success in the 21st Century ==
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'''Source: '''Total Quality Management Vol. 18, Nos. 1–2, 21–38<br />
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A combination of significant developments in technology and the world economy has dramatically transformed the nature of perceptible change. The author calls for a new mindset that places an organization in an ecology-based worldview. Given the rapidly changing environment the only way for an organization to survive and succeed as a social 'species' is to become adaptive. The author asserts that becoming adaptive is the new imperative for the 21st century.<br />
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The objective of the article is to develop a suitable framework to represent the adaptive process for organizations. The framework contains the following elements:<br />
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# Nature of change
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# Change drivers
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# Organizational design and context
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# Environmental
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# Adaptive process<br />
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The framework presented by the author is an interesting model. Particularly relevant to this Wiki is the model of the adaptive process presented in this article. This process is cyclic and some of the phases or steps in the model that the author identifies may also be recognized in the cyclic process of the adaptive cycle, and how an organization moves through those. The adaptation phases involve a ''Sense-Interpret-Decide-Respond'' cycle that an organization goes through in the process of becoming adaptive. In the ''Sense'' phase organizations receive signals from the environment, in the next phase organizations ''Interpret'' these signals. In the next phase ''Decide'' the organization goes through a process of reflection before they finally ''Respond''. One of the steps mentioned by the author in the ''Respond'' phase is to explore new possibilities.
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Latest revision as of 01:31, 15 February 2017

Authors: K.N. Dervitsiotis

Publication Year: 2007

Source: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14783360601043005

Journal: Total Quality Management & Business Excellence

Categories: Crisis, Entrepreneurship, Gestalt Switch, Qualitative


Abstract

Change has been recognized as a key element of human existence since the 5th Century BC. Until the mid-70s change was slow enough to allow fairly accurate predictions of the future. This enabled organizations to develop plans and implement them based on a ‘command-and-control’ mindset, still dominant in our time. A combination of significant developments in technology and the world economy has altered dramatically the nature of perceptible change, the pace of which has been accelerating and is now almost totally unpredictable. This has rendered formerly successful strategies ineffective, making a ‘command and control’ approach obsolete in addressing today's big challenges. Consumer preferences, the nature of competition and the sources of competitive advantage continually shift. Drawing on metaphors from physics is giving way to new ones from biology and ecology, suggesting that in order for human organizations as living systems to survive, they must adapt and become fit in emerging new business landscapes by changing their structure and behaviour. This shift to a new mindset calls for a new image of an organization in an ecology-based worldview and for new measures of excellence relating success to an organization's landscape fitness, reflecting a capability to generate value for all stakeholders. In this emerging new reality of a rapidly changing environment, the only way for an organization to survive and succeed as a social ‘species’ is to become adaptive to emerging conditions, a transformation that becomes the new imperative for the 21st Century.