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Surfing the Edge of Chaos: The Laws of Nature and the New Laws of Business (Paperback)
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Surfing the Edge of Chaos provides a bold new way of approaching the strategic challenges of today's business world, by showing that business parallels nature -- it is a nonstop battle between forces of tradition and forces of transformation. And the bottom line is: change or die.
Pioneering case studies of organizations such as Sears Roebuck and the U.S. Army illustrate the radical principle that only evolution prevents extinction, and that a smart business plan must mirror the way living systems operate if it is to achieve and sustain.
About the Author
Richard T. Pascale is the coauthor of The Art of Japanese Management and author of Managing on the Edge. He has also written for the Harvard Business Review.
Mark Millemann has extensive experience working with CEOs and executive teams of companies around the world, including Sears, Hughes Space and Communications, BP Oil, Borg Warner Automotive, and the Illinois Power Company.
Linda Gioja has consulted with CEOs and executives at such companies as Allstate, Sears, and Hughes Space and Communications.
Praise for Surfing the Edge of Chaos: The Laws of Nature and the New Laws of Business…
“Great storytelling, experience-based insight, and effortless prose.”
—Christopher Meyer, Director, The Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation, and coauthor of BLUR: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy and Future Wealth
“Surfing the Edge of Chaos is a breakthrough book . . . rendering subtle and complex ideas into readable prose by refracting the ideas through the prism of real-life organizations. This book will be must reading for any serious executive or student of organizational change.”
—Warren Bennis, University Professor and Founding Chairman of the Leadership Institute, University of Southern California, and author of Managing the Dream
“Surfing the Edge of Chaos is an action plan for bringing organizations to life and life to organizations.”
—Prof. Gary Hamel, author of Leading the Revolution and coauthor of Competing for the Future; Visiting Professor, London Business School; and Chairman of Strategos
“Grounded in both theory and practice, Surfing the Edge of Chaos helps any manager facing change to replace equilibrium and the status quo with innovation and self-renewal. The links drawn between the world of nature and the world of business form a particularly rich source of ideas for turning complexity and chaos into resolve and results.”
—Dave Ulrich, Professor of Business, University of Michigan, and author of Results-Based Leadership