Over the last two decades a major focus of organization theory has
been on understanding the dynamic relationships between
individuals, organizations and their environments. This interest in
dynamics, illustrated by systems, chaos, and complexity theory, is
recorded in the works of Ackoff, Senge, and Stacey. This focus
offers a new viewpoint on holism for practicing leaders and
Building on this interest, Smith's original text presents a new
philosophical lens for helping leaders see the advantages of a more
holistic approach to improving organizations. Specifically he:
- introduces the AIC (appreciation, influence, control)
philosophy, model, and process of purpose-power relationships as a
next step in the evolution of organization and systems theory
- traces its roots and evolution in organization theory and
indicates its actual and potential contribution to that field
- translates the model into a transformative, strategic
organizing process that can be used to organize at any level, in a
way that will ensure the achievement of higher levels of purpose,
at less cost and in less time than traditional organizational
Developed and tested via his work for organizations including
the World Bank, this revolutionary book will change the way
organizations and individuals work.
William E. Smith Ph.D. is a Director of Organizing for
Development an International Institute (ODII).
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