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Coherence and complexity: Ambiguity and (mis)-understanding across management teams

Cairns G, Burt G & Beech N (2001) Coherence and complexity: Ambiguity and (mis)-understanding across management teams, Strategic Change, 10 (1), pp. 23-35.


This paper examines the concept of ‘cohesion', little discussed in management literature, and proposes the following.

- Management action derived from intent towards cohesion may mitigate against the development of organizational cohesion, in that ...

... Apparent conflict between management intent and action inhibits understanding of organizational intent at senior and middle management level, with the result that ...

... The divisive response to the failed drive for unitary cohesion inhibits organizational learning.

AuthorsCairns George, Burt George, Beech Nic
Publication date02/2001
ISSN 1086-1718

Strategic Change: Volume 10, Issue 1

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